Industries at a Glance

Information: NAICS 51

On This Page

About the Information sector

The information sector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The Information sector comprises establishments engaged in the following processes: (a) producing and distributing information and cultural products, (b) providing the means to transmit or distribute these products as well as data or communications, and (c) processing data.

The main components of this sector are the publishing industries, including software publishing, and both traditional publishing and publishing exclusively on the Internet; the motion picture and sound recording industries; the broadcasting industries, including traditional broadcasting and those broadcasting exclusively over the Internet; the telecommunications industries; Web search portals, data processing industries, and the information services industries.

The Information sector groups three types of establishments: (1) those engaged in producing and distributing information and cultural products; (2) those that provide the means to transmit or distribute these products as well as data or communications; and (3) those that process data.

North American Industry Classification System

The information sector consists of these subsectors:

NOTE: The NAICS 2002 subsector Internet Publishing and Broadcasting: NAICS 516 has been discontinued in NAICS 2007 and the establishments that had been classified in this subsector have been moved into Other Information Services: NAICS 519.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in information. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

Jump to page with historical data
2,674 2,671 (P) 2,663 (P) 2,665

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

Jump to page with historical data
2,165 2,166 (P) 2,155 (P) 2,156

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

Jump to page with historical data
4.8% 6.6% 4.8% 5.1%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

Jump to page with historical data
79 99 (P) 88

Hires

Jump to page with historical data
51 76 (P) 46

Separations

Jump to page with historical data
67 89 (P) 63

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Union Membership and Representation

Data series Back
data
2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

Jump to page with historical data
9.6% 10.1% 9.7% 8.9%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

Jump to page with historical data
10.9% 10.8% 10.6% 9.7%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

Data series Back
data
3rd quarter
2012
4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

Jump to page with historical data
129 141 114 134

Gross job losses

Jump to page with historical data
140 121 119 125

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Computer software engineers, applications

Computer support specialists

Customer service representatives

166,660

Network and computer systems administrators

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

157,500

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in information. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Average hourly earnings

Jump to page with historical data
$33.43 $33.40 (P) $33.37 (P) $33.67

Average weekly hours

Jump to page with historical data
36.9 36.8 (P) 37.0 (P) 37.1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Average hourly earnings

Jump to page with historical data
$28.35 $28.46 (P) $28.73 (P) $28.72

Average weekly hours

Jump to page with historical data
36.1 35.9 (P) 36.3 (P) 36.1

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

Data series Back
data
Median weekly earnings
2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

Jump to page with historical data
$912 $940 $978 $980

Members of unions

Jump to page with historical data
$1,018 $1,122 $1,103 $1,095

Represented by unions

Jump to page with historical data
$998 $1,117 $1,087 $1,072

Nonunion

Jump to page with historical data
$895 $916 $966 $970

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Computer software engineers, applications

Computer support specialists

Customer service representatives

$16.13 $17.84 $33,550 $37,110

Network and computer systems administrators

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

$27.66 $26.69 $57,540 $55,520

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

Data series Back
data
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013

12-month percent change

Total compensation

Jump to page with historical data
2.3% 1.9% 2.1% 0.8%

Wages and salaries

Jump to page with historical data
2.2% 1.9% 1.9% 1.2%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



Data series Back
data
4th quarter 2013
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

Jump to page with historical data
47.97 100.0

Wages and salaries

Jump to page with historical data
31.88 66.5

Total benefits

Jump to page with historical data
16.08 33.5

Insurance

Jump to page with historical data
4.78 10.0

Retirement

Jump to page with historical data
1.91 4.0

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

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 information. 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 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

36 45 57 (P) 39

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

Total recordable cases

1.9 1.8 1.6 1.4

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

1.0 1.1 0.9 0.8

Cases involving days away from work

0.7 0.8 0.6 0.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2

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.

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Producer price index

Jump to page with historical data
(P) 103.3 (P) 103.2 (P) 103.2 (P) 103.1

Percent change from previous month

(P) 0.1% (P) -0.1% (P) 0.0% (P) -0.1%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in information.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

Jump to page with historical data
143,581 (P) 143,297 (P) 144,550 (P) 145,616

Local government

Jump to page with historical data
5,096 (P) 5,117 (P) 5,116 (P) 5,110

State government

Jump to page with historical data
325 (P) 322 (P) 323 (P) 326

Federal government

Jump to page with historical data
123 (P) 126 (P) 125 (P) 125

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

Jump to page with historical data
30 29 29

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

Jump to page with historical data
30 31 30

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: April 15, 2014

Recommend this page using: