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Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: NAICS 53

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About the Real Estate and Rental and Leasing sector

The real estate and rental and leasing sector is part of the financial activities supersector.

The Real Estate and Rental and Leasing sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in renting, leasing, or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and establishments providing related services. The major portion of this sector comprises establishments that rent, lease, or otherwise allow the use of their own assets by others. The assets may be tangible, as is the case of real estate and equipment, or intangible, as is the case with patents and trademarks.

This sector also includes establishments primarily engaged in managing real estate for others, selling, renting and/or buying real estate for others, and appraising real estate. These activities are closely related to this sector's main activity, and it was felt that from a production basis they would best be included here. In addition, a substantial proportion of property management is self-performed by lessors.

The main components of this sector are the real estate lessors industries (including equity real estate investment trusts (REITs)); equipment lessors industries (including motor vehicles, computers, and consumer goods); and lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets (except copyrighted works).

North American Industry Classification System

The real estate and rental and leasing sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in real estate and rental and leasing. 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, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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2,072.4 2,074.2 (P) 2,075.2 (P) 2,074.0

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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4.7% 4.4% 2.8% 3.2%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

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61 82 (P) 77

Hires

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72 43 (P) 46

Separations

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89 43 (P) 40

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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

Union Membership and Representation

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2011 2012 2013 2014

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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3.4% 4.1% 4.0% 3.7%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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4.0% 5.0% 4.8% 4.2%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Counter and rental clerks

206,100

Property, real estate, and community association managers

130,840

Real estate brokers

33,890

Real estate sales agents

128,370

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings

Weekly earnings by union membership status are shown. Recent hourly and annual earnings for occupations commonly found in educational services. 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.

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2011 2012 2013 2014

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

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$736 $731 $734 $768

Members of unions

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$836 $773 $849 $876

Represented by unions

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$815 $759 $853 $869

Nonunion

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$734 $727 $728 $762

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Counter and rental clerks

$11.87 $13.10 $24,700 $27,250

Property, real estate, and community association managers

$24.77 $29.92 $51,520 $62,240

Real estate brokers

$27.21 $38.31 $56,600 $79,680

Real estate sales agents

$18.35 $25.71 $38,160 $53,480

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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2nd quarter
2014
3rd quarter
2014
4th quarter
2014
1st quarter
2015

12-month percent change

Total compensation

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3.1% 3.4% 1.9% 2.4%

Wages and salaries

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3.1% 3.5% 2.2% 2.6%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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4th quarter 2014
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

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28.92 100.0

Wages and salaries

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20.54 71.0

Total benefits

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8.38 29.0

Insurance

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2.50 8.7

Retirement

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0.81 2.8

(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 real estate and rental and leasing. 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

89 63 64 66

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

Total recordable cases

2.9 3.0 2.9 2.9

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

1.6 1.8 1.6 1.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.0 1.1 1.0 1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in real estate and rental and leasing.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
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2014
3rd quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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355,533 (P) 356,234 (P) 359,536 (P) 362,380

Local government

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1,686 (P) 1,694 (P) 1,693 (P) 1,691

State government

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27 (P) 27 (P) 28 (P) 28

Federal government

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2 (P) 2 (P) 2 (P) 2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Data extracted on: May 22, 2015

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