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Social Assistance: NAICS 624

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About the Social Assistance subsector

The social assistance subsector is part of the health care and social assistance sector.

Industries in the Social Assistance subsector provide a wide variety of social assistance services directly to their clients. These services do not include residential or accommodation services, except on a short stay basis.

North American Industry Classification System

The social assistance subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in social assistance. 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, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,272.2 3,278.2 (P) 3,284.2 (P) 3,291.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,912.3 2,897.7 (P) 2,905.4

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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6.7% 8.2% 7.5% 6.7%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Child care workers

314,790

Child, family, and school social workers

75,940

Personal and home care aides

487,720

Social and community service managers

46,220

Social and human service assistants

140,500

Note: These employment estimates include employment in both the private-sector and government.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 social assistance.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Nov.
2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$15.07 $15.28 $15.28 (P) $15.35

Average weekly hours

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29.7 29.9 29.2 (P) 29.6

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Nov.
2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$13.37 $13.49 $13.54 (P) $13.56

Average weekly hours

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28.6 28.7 28.0 (P) 28.4

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Child care workers

$9.14 $9.70 $19,010 $20,170

Child, family, and school social workers

$17.42 $18.43 $36,240 $38,330

Personal and home care aides

$9.85 $10.08 $20,500 $20,960

Social and community service managers

$27.13 $29.08 $56,420 $60,480

Social and human service assistants

$13.41 $14.17 $27,900 $29,470

(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 social assistance. 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

16 37 30 (P) 26

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

Total recordable cases

4.0 3.5 3.6 3.5

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

2.0 1.8 1.9 1.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.4 1.3 1.2 1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6 0.5 0.7 0.6

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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 social assistance.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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196,049 (P) 670,928 (P) 694,230 (P) 717,274

Local government

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2,681 (P) 2,748 (P) 2,728 (P) 2,720

State government

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2,658 (P) 2,655 (P) 2,662 (P) 2,700

Federal government

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276 (P) 278 (P) 274 (P) 271

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See child day care services and social assistance, except child day care in the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: April 18, 2014

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