Personal and Laundry Services: NAICS 812

About the Personal and Laundry Services subsector

The personal and laundry services subsector is part of the other services (except public administration) sector.

Industries in the Personal and Laundry Services subsector group establishments that provide personal and laundry services to individuals, households, and businesses. Services performed include: personal care services; death care services; laundry and drycleaning services; and a wide range of other personal services, such as pet care (except veterinary) services, photofinishing services, temporary parking services, and dating services.

North American Industry Classification System

The personal and laundry services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Personal Care Services: NAICS 8121
  • Death Care Services: NAICS 8122
  • Drycleaning and Laundry Services: NAICS 8123
  • Other Personal Services: NAICS 8129

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in personal and laundry 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, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,349.3 1,355.1 (P) 1,354.4 (P) 1,357.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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1,164.5 1,149.0 (P) 1,153.8  

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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5.7% 8.6% 7.2% 8.0%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Counter and rental clerks

56,760

First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers

23,360

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

319,280

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

106,320

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

43,320

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for personal and laundry services.

(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 personal and laundry services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2013
Dec.
2013
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2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$15.82 $16.04 $15.94 (P) $15.84

Average weekly hours

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29.1 29.6 28.5 (P) 28.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$13.98 $14.12 $14.00 (P) $14.19

Average weekly hours

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28.0 28.4 27.5 (P) 27.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Counter and rental clerks

$9.15 $10.14 $19,030 $21,100

First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers

$16.65 $18.25 $34,630 $37,970

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

$11.01 $13.11 $22,910 $27,280

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

$9.41 $10.05 $19,560 $20,910

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

$9.52 $9.98 $19,810 $20,750

(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 personal and laundry 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.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

29 39 46 (P) 40

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

 

Total recordable cases

2.5 2.3 2.4 2.1

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

1.4 1.3 1.4 1.3

Cases involving days away from work

0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5

Footnotes
(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 in personal and laundry services.

Establishments

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2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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199,043 (P) 199,565 (P) 201,113 (P) 202,354

Local government

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1,111 (P) 1,096 (P) 1,096 (P) 1,096

State government

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10 (P) 11 (P) 11 (P) 10

Federal government

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141 (P) 141 (P) 98 (P) 99

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

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

 

Data extracted on: April 18, 2014