General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 452

About the General Merchandise Stores subsector

The general merchandise stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the General Merchandise Stores subsector retail new general merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector are unique in that they have the equipment and staff capable of retailing a large variety of goods from a single location. This includes a variety of display equipment and staff trained to provide information on many lines of products.

North American Industry Classification System

The general merchandise stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Department Stores: NAICS 4521
  • Other General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 4529

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in general merchandise stores. 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

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2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,192.1 3,188.6 (P) 3,187.4 (P) 3,196.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,839.4 2,831.2 (P) 2,836.2  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Cashiers

661,710

Customer service representatives

51,500

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

233,610

Retail salespersons

974,390

Stock clerks and order fillers

506,420

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 general merchandise stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$15.31 $15.20 $15.31 (P) $15.50

Average weekly hours

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28.7 29.3 29.9 (P) 29.7

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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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$12.24 $12.19 $12.21 (P) $12.29

Average weekly hours

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27.3 28.0 28.7 (P) 28.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

9.19 9.94 19,120 20,680

Customer service representatives

11.89 12.91 24,730 26,860

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

17.55 18.80 36,500 39,110

Retail salespersons

9.68 10.78 20,120 22,430

Stock clerks and order fillers

10.38 11.30 21,590 23,500

(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 general merchandise stores. 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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

13 23 21 9

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2014

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

 

Total recordable cases

4.8

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

2.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.6

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.

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2016
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2016

Producer price index

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(P) 123.9 (P) 126.7 (P) 129.4 (P) 125.9

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 1.7% (P) 2.3% (P) 2.1% (P) -2.7%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in general merchandise stores. 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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2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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(P) 60,618 (P) 60,587 (P) 61,061 (P) 61,654

Local government

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(P) 4 (P) 4 (P) 4 (P) 4

Federal government

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(P) 299 (P) 300 (P) 296 (P) 293

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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102.482 108.199 111.495  

Percent change from previous year

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5.0 5.6 3.0  

Labor index, total labor hours

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104.687 101.208 100.725 101.849

Percent change from previous year

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-3.2 -3.3 -0.5 1.1

Output index

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107.286 109.506 112.304  

Percent change from previous year

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1.7 2.1 2.6  

Unit labor costs index

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103.570 101.722 102.225  

Percent change from previous year

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1.0 -1.8 0.5  

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See clothing, accessory, and general merchandise stores in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: July 22, 2016