Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing: NAICS 327

About the Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing subsector

The nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

The Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing subsector transforms mined or quarried nonmetallic minerals, such as sand, gravel, stone, clay, and refractory materials, into products for intermediate or final consumption. Processes used include grinding, mixing, cutting, shaping, and honing. Heat often is used in the process and chemicals are frequently mixed to change the composition, purity, and chemical properties for the intended product. For example, glass is produced by heating silica sand to the melting point (sometimes combined with cullet or recycled glass) and then drawn, floated, or blow molded to the desired shape or thickness. Refractory materials are heated and then formed into bricks or other shapes for use in industrial applications.

North American Industry Classification System

The nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing: NAICS 3271
  • Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3272
  • Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3273
  • Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3274
  • Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3279

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing. 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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2013
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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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378.3 380.2 (P) 379.5 (P) 381.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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275.2 276.3 (P) 276.2 (P) 278.9

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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3.5% 3.1% 4.9% 5.3%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

15,280

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

13,450

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

12,280

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic

20,210

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

52,820

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$22.66 $22.47 (P) $22.83 (P) $22.59

Average weekly hours

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41.8 41.7 (P) 42.2 (P) 42.2

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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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$18.64 $18.50 (P) $18.69 (P) $18.66

Average weekly hours

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42.3 42.6 (P) 42.5 (P) 43.5

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

$15.66 $16.03 $32,570 $33,350

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

$25.83 $27.03 $53,720 $56,220

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$12.86 $13.51 $26,760 $28,110

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic

$14.31 $15.00 $29,760 $31,200

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$17.49 $18.47 $36,380 $38,420

(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 nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing. 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

27 18 31 (P) 32

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

 

Total recordable cases

5.2 6.0 5.4 5.1

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

3.0 3.5 3.0 2.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.6 1.8 1.7 1.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.5 1.7 1.4 1.3

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. The import price index reflects the percentage change in prices paid to foreign producers for their goods and services within the U.S., while the export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

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Producer price index

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(P) 186.9 (P) 187.6 (P) 188.8 (P) 189.6

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.1% (P) 0.4% (P) 0.6% (P) 0.4%

Import index

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129.9 130.2 130.4 130.3

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% 0.2% 0.2% -0.1%

Export index

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112.0 112.0 (R) 112.4 112.6

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% 0.0% (R) 0.4% (R) 0.2%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing. 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

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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16,327 (P) 16,284 (P) 16,316 (P) 16,369

Local government

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

State government

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Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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97.732 103.489 106.784 106.404

Percent change from previous year

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-7.7 5.9 3.2 -0.4

Labor index, total labor hours

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76.228 73.816 72.754 73.827

Percent change from previous year

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-16.9 -3.2 -1.4 1.5

Output index

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74.500 76.391 77.690 78.556

Percent change from previous year

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-23.4 2.5 1.7 1.1

Unit labor costs index

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121.262 117.115 116.522 119.472

Percent change from previous year

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6.9 -3.4 -0.5 2.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

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Data extracted on: April 18, 2014