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Health and Personal Care Stores: NAICS 446

About the Health and Personal Care Stores subsector

The health and personal care stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Health and Personal Care Stores subsector retail health and personal care merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector are characterized principally by the products they retail, and some health and personal care stores may have specialized staff trained in dealing with the products. Staff may include pharmacists, opticians, and other professionals engaged in retailing, advising customers, and/or fitting the product sold to the customer's needs.

North American Industry Classification System

The health and personal care stores subsector consists of a single industry group, Health and Personal Care Stores: NAICS 4461.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in health and personal care 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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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

997.7 1,006.4 (p)1,004.8 (p)998.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

778.4 775.6 (p)770.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Cashiers

164,490

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

47,110

Pharmacists

135,070

Pharmacy aides

26,290

Pharmacy technicians

210,520

Retail salespersons

129,260

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$25.41 $25.45 $25.77 (p)$25.93

Average weekly hours

29.7 29.9 30.1 (p)29.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$21.31 $21.26 $21.56 (p)$21.19

Average weekly hours

29.6 30.1 29.2 (p)29.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

12.67 12.90 26,360 26,840

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

18.80 20.78 39,100 43,220

Pharmacists

60.45 59.07 125,730 122,860

Pharmacy aides

13.32 13.88 27,710 28,860

Pharmacy technicians

15.92 16.55 33,110 34,420

Retail salespersons

13.01 14.40 27,070 29,960

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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 health and personal care 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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

10 7 8 5

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

Data series 2019

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

Total recordable cases

1.8

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

1.0

Cases involving days away from work

0.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

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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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Producer price index

(p)141.2 (p)144.6 (p)146.3 (p)145.0

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-2.1% (p)2.4% (p)1.2% (p)-0.9%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in health and personal care 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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1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)112,159 (p)111,803 (p)112,253 (p)112,544

Local government

(p)11 (p)11 (p)11 (p)12

Federal government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2017 2018 2019 2020

Labor productivity index, output per hour

93.732 96.856 100.513 113.717

Percent change from previous year

-3.6 3.3 3.8 13.1

Labor index, total labor hours

106.978 106.801 104.496 93.439

Percent change from previous year

2.9 -0.2 -2.2 -10.6

Output index

100.272 103.443 105.032 106.256

Percent change from previous year

-0.9 3.2 1.5 1.2

Unit labor costs index

126.709 124.703 124.409 122.343

Percent change from previous year

3.7 -1.6 -0.2 -1.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 30, 2021