Industries at a Glance

Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: NAICS 424

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About the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector

The merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods subsector is part of the wholesale trade sector.

Industries in the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector sell nondurable goods to other businesses. Nondurable goods are items generally with a normal life expectancy of less than three years. Nondurable goods merchant wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as paper and paper products, chemicals and chemical products, drugs, textiles and textile products, apparel, footwear, groceries, farm products, petroleum and petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, books, magazines, newspapers, flowers and nursery stock, and tobacco products.

North American Industry Classification System

The merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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2,046.4 2,044.4 (P) 2,047.5 (P) 2,048.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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1,674.0 1,689.1 (P) 1,700.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

179,040

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

282,960

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

44,370

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

55,480

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

136,900

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Mar.
2015
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2015
May
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Average hourly earnings

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$25.38 $25.20 $25.08 (P) $24.97

Average weekly hours

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38.8 38.8 38.6 (P) 38.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2015
Mar.
2015
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2015
May
2015

Average hourly earnings

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$20.77 $20.74 $20.72 (P) $20.56

Average weekly hours

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38.0 38.0 38.0 (P) 37.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

12.68 13.61 26,370 28,310

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

24.90 29.72 51,790 61,820

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

34.86 39.98 72,510 83,150

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

14.24 15.36 29,620 31,940

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

19.57 20.90 40,710 43,460

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

95 77 89 87

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.5 4.4 4.3 3.9

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

3.0 2.9 2.9 2.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.5 1.6 1.6 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.5 1.3 1.3 1.2

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015

Producer price index

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(P) 160.1 (P) 159.1 (P) 157.8 (P) 156.7

Percent change from previous month

(P) 2.6% (P) -0.6% (P) -0.8% (P) -0.7%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2014
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2014
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2014
4th quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 137,327 (P) 138,088 (P) 138,649 (P) 139,088

Local government

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(P) 10 (P) 11 (P) 11 (P) 11

State government

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(P) 1

Federal government

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Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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103.187 100.605 101.323 103.209

Percent change from previous year

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2.4 -2.5 0.7 1.9

Labor index, total labor hours

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93.132 94.707 95.351 97.082

Percent change from previous year

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-1.1 1.7 0.7 1.8

Output index

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96.100 95.280 96.612 100.197

Percent change from previous year

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1.3 -0.9 1.4 3.7

Unit labor costs index

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103.263 106.555 108.923 106.888

Percent change from previous year

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0.0 3.2 2.2 -1.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Data extracted on: July 31, 2015

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