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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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2014
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2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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448.4 450.8 (P) 453.0 (P) 456.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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365.6 366.2 (P) 367.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

29,500

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

25,600

Retail salespersons

209,130

Stock clerks and order fillers

20,160

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

18,500

(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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Average hourly earnings

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$18.49 $18.56 $18.72 (P) $18.99

Average weekly hours

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31.2 31.1 31.8 (P) 31.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$16.30 $16.33 $16.55 (P) $16.63

Average weekly hours

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29.5 29.7 30.3 (P) 30.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

$21.36 $23.49 $44,430 $48,860

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$10.84 $11.58 $22,550 $24,080

Retail salespersons

$11.38 $14.08 $23,670 $29,290

Stock clerks and order fillers

$10.48 $11.33 $21,790 $23,560

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

$11.45 $12.18 $23,820 $25,340

(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 (P) 5

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

Total recordable cases

4.2 4.0 3.8

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

2.4 2.4 2.4

Cases involving days away from work

1.5 1.5 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.0 0.9 1.0

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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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May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
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2014

Producer price index

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(P) 128.9 (P) 133.9 (P) 134.6 (P) 133.8

Percent change from previous month

(P) -4.2% (P) 3.9% (P) 0.5% (P) -0.6%

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(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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2013
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2013
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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48,986 48,891 48,883 (P) 48,744

Local government

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1 1 1

State government

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Federal government

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61 59 57 (P) 58

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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133.431 145.025 154.105 160.853

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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77.383 74.477 74.195 75.212

Percent change from previous year

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1.2 -3.8 -0.4 1.4

Output index

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103.253 108.010 114.339 120.981

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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86.321 82.798 79.417 77.490

Percent change from previous year

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-5.0 -4.1 -4.1 -2.4

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

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Data extracted on: September 25, 2014

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