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Miscellaneous Manufacturing: NAICS 339

About the Miscellaneous Manufacturing subsector

The miscellaneous manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Miscellaneous Manufacturing subsector make a wide range of products that cannot readily be classified in specific NAICS subsectors in manufacturing. Processes used by these establishments vary significantly, both among and within industries. For example, a variety of manufacturing processes are used in manufacturing sporting and athletic goods that include products such as tennis racquets and golf balls. The processes for these products differ from each other, and the processes differ significantly from the fabrication processes used in making dolls or toys, the melting and shaping of precious metals to make jewelry, and the bending, forming, and assembly used in making medical products.

North American Industry Classification System

The miscellaneous manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing: NAICS 3391
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing: NAICS 3399

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in miscellaneous 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

Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics survey are for the Miscellaneous Durable Goods Manufacturing industry (NAICS 339)

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Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

618.1 616.0 (p)617.4 (p)618.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

398.0 392.7 (p)394.1 (p)396.8

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

3.3% 2.7% 2.4% 3.6%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2018

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

7,240

Dental laboratory technicians

27,200

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

20,750

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

17,490

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

16,940

Team assemblers

 

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics survey are for the Miscellaneous Durable Goods Manufacturing industry (NAICS 339)

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Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$26.39 $26.52 (p)$26.63 (p)$27.20

Average weekly hours

39.2 38.8 (p)39.0 (p)38.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Employment data from the Current Employment Statistics survey are for the Miscellaneous Durable Goods Manufacturing industry (NAICS 339)

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Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$19.78 $19.89 (p)$20.09 (p)$20.06

Average weekly hours

39.5 39.3 (p)39.3 (p)38.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2018
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

16.17 16.70 33,620 34,740

Dental laboratory technicians

18.93 20.40 39,380 42,420

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

28.56 30.34 59,400 63,110

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

18.47 19.47 38,410 40,500

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

27.79 31.95 57,790 66,460

Team assemblers

       

(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 miscellaneous 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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

8 10 7 5

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

Data series 2018

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

Total recordable cases

2.2

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

1.3

Cases involving days away from work

0.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

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. 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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Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Producer price index

(p)126.6 (p)127.1 (p)127.2 (p)127.3

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.1% (p)0.4% (p)0.1% (p)0.1%

Import index

(r)118.6 118.3 118.7 118.6

Percent change from previous month

  (r)0.2% (r)-0.3% 0.3% -0.1%

Export index

120.6 120.4 120.4 120.1

Percent change from previous month

  -0.2% -0.2% 0.0% -0.2%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in miscellaneous 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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3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

32,882 33,059 (p)32,954 (p)33,295

Local government

       

State government

       

Federal government

8 8 (p)8 (p)8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2015 2016 2017 2018

Labor productivity index, output per hour

95.862 94.572 91.075 89.466

Percent change from previous year

-2.4 -1.3 -3.7 -1.8

Labor index, total labor hours

95.012 96.566 95.030 95.393

Percent change from previous year

2.6 1.6 -1.6 0.4

Output index

91.081 91.324 86.549 85.345

Percent change from previous year

0.2 0.3 -5.2 -1.4

Unit labor costs index

105.564 108.154 114.525 121.270

Percent change from previous year

1.5 2.5 5.9 5.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: January 17, 2020