Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing: NAICS 334

About the Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing subsector

The computer and electronic product manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing subsector group establishments that manufacture computers, computer peripherals, communications equipment, and similar electronic products, and establishments that manufacture components for such products. The Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing industries have been combined in the hierarchy of NAICS because of the economic significance they have attained. Their rapid growth suggests that they will become even more important to the economies of all three North American countries in the future, and in addition their manufacturing processes are fundamentally different from the manufacturing processes of other machinery and equipment. The design and use of integrated circuits and the application of highly specialized miniaturization technologies are common elements in the production technologies of the computer and electronic subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The computer and electronic product manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3341
  • Communications Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3342
  • Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3343
  • Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: NAICS 3344
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing: NAICS 3345
  • Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media: NAICS 3346

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in computer and electronic 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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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,056.2 1,056.2 (P) 1,057.2 (P) 1,058.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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593.5 592.0 (P) 591.8 (P) 592.3

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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6.8% 5.5% 4.6% 3.2%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Computer hardware engineers

31,550

Computer software engineers, applications

 

Computer software engineers, systems software

 

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians

37,200

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

98,230

Semiconductor processors

21,320

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$34.02 $33.57 (P) $33.61 (P) $33.74

Average weekly hours

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39.8 40.2 (P) 40.3 (P) 40.2

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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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$23.48 $23.21 (P) $23.17 (P) $23.22

Average weekly hours

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40.4 41.0 (P) 40.9 (P) 41.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Computer hardware engineers

$50.57 $51.70 $105,190 $107,540

Computer software engineers, applications

       

Computer software engineers, systems software

       

Electrical and electronic engineering technicians

$25.98 $26.90 $54,050 $55,940

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

$14.24 $15.38 $29,620 $31,990

Semiconductor processors

$16.40 $17.38 $34,120 $36,160

(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 computer and electronic 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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

11 6 6 (P) 8

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

 

Total recordable cases

1.5 1.4 1.3  

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

0.8 0.7 0.6  

Cases involving days away from work

0.4 0.4 0.3  

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.4 0.3 0.3  

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) 89.4 (P) 89.3 (P) 89.4 (P) 89.4

Percent change from previous month

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

Import index

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(R) 79.9 (R) 79.8 (R) 79.7 79.6

Percent change from previous month

  (R) -0.4% (R) -0.1% (R) -0.1% (R) -0.1%

Export index

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87.5 (R) 87.6 (R) 87.4 87.0

Percent change from previous month

  -0.6% (R) 0.1% (R) -0.2% (R) -0.5%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in computer and electronic 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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Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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18,711 18,811 18,846 (P) 18,985

Local government

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6 7 7 (P) 5

State government

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1 1 1 (P) 1

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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166.027 173.900 178.587  

Percent change from previous year

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8.9 4.7 2.7  

Labor index, total labor hours

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75.910 75.393 74.456 72.795

Percent change from previous year

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-3.1 -0.7 -1.2 -2.2

Output index

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126.031 131.108 132.969  

Percent change from previous year

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5.6 4.0 1.4  

Unit labor costs index

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75.767 75.754 74.805  

Percent change from previous year

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-3.5 0.0 -1.3  

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See computer and electronic product manufacturing in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: November 21, 2014