Goods-Producing Industries

About the Goods-Producing Industries supersector group

The goods-producing industries supersector group consists of these supersectors and sectors:

(All other industries are part of the Service-Providing Industries supersector group.)

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in goods-producing industries. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
data
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jul.
2019
Aug.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

21,077 21,104 (p)21,102 (p)21,114

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

15,104 15,111 (p)15,107 (p)15,119

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

Data series Back
data
2015 2016 2017 2018

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

1.2% 1.3% 2.1% 2.2%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

1.7% 2.1% 2.3% 2.6%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

Data series Back
data
1st quarter
2018
2nd quarter
2018
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

1,390 1,398 1,296 1,393

Gross job losses

1,174 1,256 1,308 1,248

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in goods-producing industries, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(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, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jul.
2019
Aug.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$28.90 $28.98 (p)$29.05 (p)$29.13

Average weekly hours

40.3 40.4 (p)40.2 (p)40.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jul.
2019
Aug.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$24.66 $24.72 (p)$24.73 (p)$24.81

Average weekly hours

41.1 41.2 (p)41.0 (p)41.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

Data series Back
data
Median weekly earnings
2015 2016 2017 2018

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$522 $572 $599 $619

Members of unions

-$ -$ -$ -$

Represented by unions

-$ -$ -$ -$

Nonunion

$519 $571 $599 $619

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employer Compensation Costs

Data series Back
data
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.2% 2.3% 2.5% 2.4%

Wages and salaries

2.6% 2.9% 2.9% 3.0%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



Data series Back
data
1st quarter 2019
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

39.90 100.0

Wages and salaries

26.61 66.7

Total benefits

13.29 33.3

Insurance

3.70 9.3

Retirement

1.94 4.9

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

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 goods-producing industries. 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 2014 2015 2016 2017

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

2,051 2,035 2,038 2,013

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

Data series 2017

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

Total recordable cases

3.4

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

2.0

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9

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 and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in goods-producing industries.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
2nd quarter
2018
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,296,738 1,305,434 1,314,647 (p)1,317,753

Local government

4,407 4,413 4,418 (p)4,415

State government

1,901 1,901 1,895 (p)1,894

Federal government

115 117 119 (p)126

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

327 315 338  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

321 329 311  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: September 13, 2019