Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: NAICS 424

About the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector

The merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods subsector is part of the wholesale trade sector.

Industries in the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector sell nondurable goods to other businesses. Nondurable goods are items generally with a normal life expectancy of less than three years. Nondurable goods merchant wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as paper and paper products, chemicals and chemical products, drugs, textiles and textile products, apparel, footwear, groceries, farm products, petroleum and petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, books, magazines, newspapers, flowers and nursery stock, and tobacco products.

North American Industry Classification System

The merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4241
  • Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4242
  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4243
  • Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers: NAICS 4244
  • Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4245
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4246
  • Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4247
  • Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4248
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4249

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
data
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

Jump to page with historical data
2,015.0 2,017.8 (P) 2,017.8 (P) 2,018.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

Jump to page with historical data
1,681.2 1,681.1 (P) 1,672.4  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

183,110

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

282,470

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

46,020

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

51,990

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

135,890

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods.

(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 merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014

Average hourly earnings

Jump to page with historical data
$24.73 $24.87 $24.75 (P) $24.81

Average weekly hours

Jump to page with historical data
38.8 39.2 38.7 (P) 38.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014

Average hourly earnings

Jump to page with historical data
$20.26 $20.37 $20.27 (P) $20.24

Average weekly hours

Jump to page with historical data
38.7 38.7 38.3 (P) 38.3

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$12.33 $13.22 $25,660 $27,490

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

$24.85 $29.50 $51,690 $61,360

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

$35.75 $40.44 $74,360 $84,120

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

$14.08 $14.99 $29,280 $31,180

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$19.07 $20.31 $39,670 $42,240

(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 merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. 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

95 77 89 (P) 81

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

 

Total recordable cases

4.5      

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

3.0      

Cases involving days away from work

1.5      

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.5      

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.

Data series Back
data
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014

Producer price index

Jump to page with historical data
(P) 153.8 (P) 153.5 (P) 153.0 (P) 152.6

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -1.3% (P) -0.2% (P) -0.3% (P) -0.3%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. 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

Data series Back
data
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

Jump to page with historical data
136,287 136,932 137,095 (P) 138,128

Local government

Jump to page with historical data
10 10 10 (P) 10

State government

Jump to page with historical data
1 1 1  

Federal government

Jump to page with historical data
       

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

Data series Back
data
2010 2011 2012 2013

Labor productivity index, output per hour

Jump to page with historical data
118.997 116.019 116.847 119.023

Percent change from previous year

Jump to page with historical data
2.4 -2.5 0.7 1.9

Labor index, total labor hours

Jump to page with historical data
91.836 93.389 94.023 95.731

Percent change from previous year

Jump to page with historical data
-1.1 1.7 0.7 1.8

Output index

Jump to page with historical data
109.282 108.349 109.864 113.941

Percent change from previous year

Jump to page with historical data
1.3 -0.9 1.4 3.7

Unit labor costs index

Jump to page with historical data
109.539 113.032 115.544 113.385

Percent change from previous year

Jump to page with historical data
0.0 3.2 2.2 -1.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: October 22, 2014