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Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores: NAICS 442

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About the Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores subsector

The furniture and home furnishings stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores subsector retail new furniture and home furnishings from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector usually operate from showrooms and have substantial areas for the presentation of their products. Many offer interior decorating services in addition to the sale of products.

North American Industry Classification System

The furniture and home furnishings stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in furniture and home furnishings stores. 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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Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015
Jun.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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464.0 465.1 (P) 467.5 (P) 469.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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377.9 376.6 (P) 378.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

30,480

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

25,510

Retail salespersons

216,080

Stock clerks and order fillers

21,380

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

18,940

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for furniture and home furnishings stores.

(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 furniture and home furnishings stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2015
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May
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Average hourly earnings

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$18.94 $18.92 $19.17 (P) $19.28

Average weekly hours

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31.7 31.9 31.9 (P) 32.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2015
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2015

Average hourly earnings

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$16.42 $16.36 $16.60 (P) $16.59

Average weekly hours

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29.9 30.2 30.2 (P) 30.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

21.67 23.93 45,080 49,780

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

10.91 11.70 22,680 24,330

Retail salespersons

11.39 14.21 23,700 29,560

Stock clerks and order fillers

10.75 11.61 22,370 24,140

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

11.70 12.46 24,330 25,910

(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 furniture and home furnishings stores. 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

13 16 11 5

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

Total recordable cases

4.2 3.9 3.9 3.9

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

2.4 2.4 2.5 2.2

Cases involving days away from work

1.5 1.4 1.4 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.0 1.0 1.1 0.7

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) 134.6 (P) 134.6 (P) 136.5 (P) 135.0

Percent change from previous month

(P) 0.5% (P) 0.0% (P) 1.4% (P) -1.1%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in furniture and home furnishings stores. 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
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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(P) 48,404 (P) 48,417 (P) 48,286 (P) 48,211

Local government

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State government

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Federal government

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(P) 58 (P) 57 (P) 57 (P) 56

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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109.011 118.484 125.901 131.415

Percent change from previous year

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4.1 8.7 6.3 4.4

Labor index, total labor hours

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76.312 73.446 73.168 74.171

Percent change from previous year

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1.2 -3.8 -0.4 1.4

Output index

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83.189 87.021 92.120 97.472

Percent change from previous year

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5.4 4.6 5.9 5.8

Unit labor costs index

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92.439 88.666 85.045 82.982

Percent change from previous year

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-5.0 -4.1 -4.1 -2.4

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Data extracted on: July 29, 2015

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