Automotive Industry: Employment, Earnings, and Hours

The automotive industry includes industries associated with the production, wholesaling, retailing, and maintenance of motor vehicles. This industry is not formally defined in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), but the Bureau of Labor Statistics is referring to a group of detailed industries as the "automotive industry" for purposes of analysis. This list is not exhaustive, but includes industries that can be directly impacted by changes in U.S. production and sales of motor vehicles. Below are definitions of these industries

National Employment

Employment -- Seasonally Adjusted

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One year ago:
Dec. 2017
Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 1-month change:
Nov. 2018 -
Dec. 2018
12-month change:
Dec. 2017 -
Dec. 2018

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

956.3 969.0 (p)967.6 (p)969.4 (p)1.8 (p)13.1

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

2,019.9 2,044.0 (p)2,040.3 (p)2,047.6 (p)7.3 (p)27.7

Automobile dealers

1,303.4 1,312.4 (p)1,311.0 (p)1,317.3 (p)6.3 (p)13.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 12-month changes:
Nov. 2017 -
Nov. 2018
Dec. 2017 -
Dec. 2018

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)962.2 968.9 (p)968.9 (p)973.8 (p)13.9 (p)14.6

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  216.2 (p)217.6   (p)3.7  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  162.3 (p)161.5   (p)7.0  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  590.4 (p)589.8   (p)3.2  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  338.5 (p)339.2   (p)0.8  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

(p)2,032.8 2,047.4 (p)2,039.9 (p)2,038.3 (p)20.5 (p)27.7

Automobile dealers

(p)1,308.7 1,314.9 (p)1,311.3 (p)1,314.8 (p)7.6 (p)14.0

Other motor vehicle dealers

(p)156.4 157.2 (p)152.0 (p)148.9 (p)0.9 (p)1.1

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

(p)567.7 575.3 (p)576.6 (p)574.6 (p)12.0 (p)12.6

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  935.3 (p)929.8   (p)6.6  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Hourly Earnings

Average Hourly Earnings -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 12-month change:
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Dec. 2018

Average hourly earnings
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)$22.64 $22.90 (p)$23.35 (p)$23.22 (p)$0.74

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  29.94 (p)30.50    

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  19.81 (p)19.83    

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  20.97 (p)21.36    

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  21.52 (p)21.90    

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

  20.40 (p)20.44    

Automobile dealers

  22.15 (p)22.18    

Other motor vehicle dealers

  19.53 (p)19.40    

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

  16.43 (p)16.56    

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  19.76 (p)19.86    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Weekly Hours

Average Weekly Hours -- Seasonally Adjusted

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One year ago:
Dec. 2017
Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 1-month change:
Nov. 2018 -
Dec. 2018

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

43.9 44.8 (p)44.9 (p)44.9 (p)0.0

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Average Weekly Hours -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 12-month changes:
Nov. 2017 -
Nov. 2018
Dec. 2017 -
Dec. 2018

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)44.7 44.7 (p)45.4 (p)46.0 (p)0.8 (p)1.0

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  45.9 (p)47.8   (p)2.9  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  42.0 (p)41.3   (p)-1.3  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  45.0 (p)45.6   (p)0.6  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  37.6 (p)38.0   (p)0.2  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

  36.7 (p)36.8   (p)-0.1  

Automobile dealers

  36.8 (p)36.9   (p)-0.2  

Other motor vehicle dealers

  34.2 (p)34.0   (p)-0.3  

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

  37.0 (p)37.1   (p)0.1  

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  35.4 (p)35.6   (p)-0.3  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment in Selected States

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Oct. 2018 Nov. 2018 Dec. 2018 12-month change:
Dec. 2017 -
Dec. 2018

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

Motor vehicles manufacturing

Alabama

  13.5 13.5 (p)13.5 (p)0.1

California

  16.0 16.2 (p)16.2 (p)1.2

Kentucky

  24.5 25.0 (p)24.9 (p)1.8

Michigan

  40.0 40.2 (p)40.2 (p)2.2

Missouri

  14.4 14.4 (p)14.6 (p)0.3

Ohio

  18.2 19.0 (p)18.8 (p)-0.9

Texas

  12.1 12.2 (p)12.2 (p)0.5

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

Indiana

  45.4 45.6 (p)45.8 (p)2.0

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

Alabama

  25.0 25.0 (p)25.3 (p)-0.2

California

         

Indiana

  66.4 66.8 (p)67.4 (p)3.0

Kentucky

  36.6 36.6 (p)36.9 (p)-0.5

Michigan

  135.4 136.5 (p)136.4 (p)2.7

Mississippi

  5.7 5.7 (p)5.7 (p)-0.2

New York

  10.3 10.3 (p)10.3 (p)-0.3

Ohio

  74.9 75.1 (p)75.2 (p)-1.2

Wisconsin

         

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings )

 

About the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry includes industries associated with the production, wholesaling, retailing, and maintenance of motor vehicles. This industry is not formally defined in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), but the Bureau of Labor Statistics is referring to a group of detailed industries as the "automotive industry" for purposes of analysis. This list is not exhaustive, but includes industries that can be directly impacted by changes in U.S. production and sales of motor vehicles. Below are definitions of these industries. Current and historical data back to 1990 are available for these industries. Data provided are for establishments that are located in the United States; the data do not distinguish between domestic and foreign ownership. Employment data are for all employees; average hourly earnings and average weekly hours are for production and nonsupervisory workers.

Links to Definitions of Detailed Industries within Automotive Industry

Manufacturing

  • Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361,2,3)

Wholesale trade

  • Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers (NAICS 4231)

Retail trade

Other services

 

Data extracted on: January 18, 2019