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Industries at a Glance
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Education and Health Services

About the Education and Health Services supersector

The education and health services supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The education and health services supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in education and health 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, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

24,363 24,436 (p)24,458 (p)24,530

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

21,396 21,456 (p)21,486 (p)21,547

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

2.2% 2.3% 2.4% 2.4%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

1,310 1,232 (p)1,152  

Hires

784 610 (p)522  

Separations

666 531 (p)579  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Union Membership and Representation

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

8.2% 8.1% 8.1% 8.0%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

9.5% 9.3% 9.3% 9.2%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

1,014 1,004 1,003 1,016

Gross job losses

917 868 851 975

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in education and health services, 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

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Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$27.85 $27.87 (p)$27.86 (p)$27.84

Average weekly hours

33.0 33.1 (p)33.0 (p)33.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$24.67 $24.63 (p)$24.68 (p)$24.60

Average weekly hours

32.2 32.2 (p)32.2 (p)32.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$817 $843 $860 $896

Members of unions

$944 $978 $984 $1,059

Represented by unions

$937 $964 $978 $1,051

Nonunion

$799 $831 $845 $879

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employer Compensation Costs

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1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.5% 2.6% 2.5% 2.3%

Wages and salaries

2.7% 2.7% 2.6% 2.4%

12-month percent change: State and local government

Total compensation

2.9% 2.9% 3.0% 2.8%

Wages and salaries

2.5% 2.5% 2.7% 2.6%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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3rd quarter 2019
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

37.58 100.0

Wages and salaries

26.41 70.3

Total benefits

11.17 29.7

Insurance

3.23 8.6

Retirement

1.38 3.7

(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 education and health 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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

197 227 236 218

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

3.7

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

1.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.7

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 education and health services.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,726,088 (p)1,747,885 (p)1,757,412 (p)1,775,279

Local government

73,026 (p)73,301 (p)73,408  

State government

14,615 (p)14,574 (p)14,660  

Federal government

1,370 (p)1,361 (p)1,361  

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

317 324 311  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

288 284 305  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

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

 

Data extracted on: February 21, 2020