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Education and Health Services

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About the Education and Health Services supersector

The education and health services supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The education and health services supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in education and health services. 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, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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2014
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2014
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2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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21,506 21,556 (P) 21,599 (P) 21,640

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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18,883 18,922 (P) 18,966 (P) 19,011

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

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4.8% 4.8% 3.9% 4.4%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

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860 878 (P) 893

Hires

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647 655 (P) 750

Separations

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633 604 (P) 615

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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

Union Membership and Representation

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2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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8.1% 8.6% 8.1% 8.3%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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9.4% 10.0% 9.3% 9.5%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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3rd quarter
2013
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2014

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

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842 896 886 827

Gross job losses

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845 782 781 779

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in education and health services, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(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. 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

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Average hourly earnings

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$24.67 $24.78 (P) $24.75 (P) $24.81

Average weekly hours

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32.8 32.8 (P) 32.8 (P) 32.8

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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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$21.58 $21.67 (P) $21.71 (P) $21.77

Average weekly hours

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31.9 32.1 (P) 32.0 (P) 32.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

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$731 $736 $748 $765

Members of unions

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$849 $870 $879 $894

Represented by unions

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$846 $878 $876 $897

Nonunion

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$717 $722 $736 $752

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employer Compensation Costs

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4th quarter
2013
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2014
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2014
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2014

12-month percent change

Total compensation

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1.9% 1.7% 1.8% 1.7%

Wages and salaries

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1.9% 1.6% 1.8% 1.6%

12-month percent change: State and local government

Total compensation

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1.7% 1.7% 1.7% 1.9%

Wages and salaries

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1.0% 1.1% 1.1% 1.5%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
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Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

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31.96 100.0

Wages and salaries

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22.64 70.8

Total benefits

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9.32 29.2

Insurance

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2.70 8.4

Retirement

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1.14 3.6

(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 education and health services. 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.

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Fatalities

Number of fatalities

233 227 204 (P) 201

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

Total recordable cases

4.8 4.6 4.5

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

2.2 2.1 2.1

Cases involving days away from work

1.3 1.3 1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9 0.9 0.9

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(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 and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in education and health services.

Establishments

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Number of establishments

Private industry

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1,440,486 1,467,682 1,483,216 (P) 1,489,888

Local government

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70,253 70,560 70,033 (P) 70,020

State government

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13,303 13,394 13,245 (P) 13,837

Federal government

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1,251 1,239 1,227 (P) 1,249

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

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269 277 274 266

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

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276 248 258 247

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: November 21, 2014

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