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Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores: NAICS 448

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About the Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores subsector

The clothing and clothing accessories stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores subsector retail new clothing and clothing accessories merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector have similar display equipment and staff that is knowledgeable regarding fashion trends and the proper match of styles, colors, and combinations of clothing and accessories to the characteristics and tastes of the customer.

North American Industry Classification System

The clothing and clothing accessories stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in clothing and clothing accessories 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
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,398.1 1,388.5 (P) 1,382.8 (P) 1,374.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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1,137.5 1,151.1 (P) 1,104.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Cashiers

70,070

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

156,810

Retail salespersons

1,029,360

Stock clerks and order fillers

67,250

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

7,610

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2014
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Average hourly earnings

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$15.91 $15.51 $15.38 (P) $15.78

Average weekly hours

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24.8 24.8 25.4 (P) 24.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
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Average hourly earnings

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$12.59 $12.42 $12.41 (P) $12.72

Average weekly hours

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22.0 22.0 22.6 (P) 21.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

$9.08 $9.71 $18,880 $20,190

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

$18.14 $19.95 $37,720 $41,500

Retail salespersons

$9.28 $10.73 $19,300 $22,310

Stock clerks and order fillers

$9.35 $10.22 $19,440 $21,250

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

$12.88 $14.76 $26,790 $30,700

(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 clothing and clothing accessories 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 11 8 (P) 10

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

Total recordable cases

2.7 2.7 2.4

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

0.8 1.1 0.9

Cases involving days away from work

0.6 0.7 0.7

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.2 0.3

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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Aug.
2014
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2014
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2014

Producer price index

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(P) 126.1 (P) 129.7 (P) 124.2 (P) 134.3

Percent change from previous month

(P) 2.7% (P) 2.9% (P) -4.2% (P) 8.1%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in clothing and clothing accessories 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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2013
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2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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129,168 129,657 129,912 (P) 129,763

Local government

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5 5 5 (P) 5

State government

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Federal government

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3 3 3 (P) 3

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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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139.903 139.439 139.192 150.332

Percent change from previous year

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6.1 -0.3 -0.2 8.0

Labor index, total labor hours

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90.895 95.684 98.393 93.145

Percent change from previous year

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-1.3 5.3 2.8 -5.3

Output index

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127.164 133.421 136.955 140.026

Percent change from previous year

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4.8 4.9 2.6 2.2

Unit labor costs index

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89.195 87.589 86.942 85.407

Percent change from previous year

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-3.3 -1.8 -0.7 -1.8

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See clothing, accessory, and general merchandise stores in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: November 21, 2014

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