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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data
One year ago:
Dec. 2016
Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 1-month change:
Nov. 2017 -
Dec. 2017
12-month change:
Dec. 2016 -
Dec. 2017

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

942.4 938.7 (p)940.2 (p)941.5 (p)1.3 (p)-0.9

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

2,002.0 2,023.7 (p)2,025.4 (p)2,028.3 (p)2.9 (p)26.3

Automobile dealers

1,295.3 1,309.0 (p)1,309.2 (p)1,310.2 (p)1.0 (p)14.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2016
Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 12-month changes:
Nov. 2016 -
Nov. 2017
Dec. 2016 -
Dec. 2017

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)939.6 937.2 (p)941.4 (p)945.5 (p)-0.4 (p)-0.6

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  203.3 (p)205.4   (p)-5.3  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  154.0 (p)154.1   (p)5.2  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  579.9 (p)581.9   (p)-0.3  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  336.0 (p)337.7   (p)5.9  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

(p)2,015.0 2,025.7 (p)2,025.3 (p)2,019.1 (p)26.7 (p)25.7

Automobile dealers

(p)1,304.1 1,312.4 (p)1,311.2 (p)1,307.6 (p)14.6 (p)14.1

Other motor vehicle dealers

(p)155.2 153.9 (p)150.7 (p)150.0 (p)2.2 (p)4.8

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

(p)555.7 559.4 (p)563.4 (p)561.5 (p)9.9 (p)6.8

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  922.0 (p)920.7   (p)8.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Hourly Earnings

Average Hourly Earnings -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2016
Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 12-month change:
Dec. 2016 -
Dec. 2017

Average hourly earnings
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)$21.56 $21.95 (p)$21.71 (p)$22.15 (p)$0.52

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  29.36 (p)28.80    

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  18.51 (p)18.74    

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  20.20 (p)20.03    

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  20.84 (p)21.00    

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

  19.26 (p)19.41    

Automobile dealers

  20.59 (p)20.85    

Other motor vehicle dealers

  18.63 (p)18.73    

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

  16.15 (p)16.02    

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  19.40 (p)19.29    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Weekly Hours

Average Weekly Hours -- Seasonally Adjusted

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One year ago:
Dec. 2016
Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 1-month change:
Nov. 2017 -
Dec. 2017

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

44.5 43.8 (p)43.8 (p)43.9 (p)0.1

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Average Weekly Hours -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2016
Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 12-month changes:
Nov. 2016 -
Nov. 2017
Dec. 2016 -
Dec. 2017

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)44.0 43.8 (p)43.9 (p)45.0 (p)-0.8 (p)-0.4

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  43.9 (p)42.6   (p)-3.5  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  41.8 (p)42.6   (p)1.3  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  44.3 (p)44.7   (p)-0.4  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  38.4 (p)37.7   (p)-0.6  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

  37.3 (p)36.9   (p)0.1  

Automobile dealers

  37.4 (p)37.1   (p)0.2  

Other motor vehicle dealers

  35.1 (p)34.4   (p)-0.7  

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

  37.8 (p)37.0   (p)0.1  

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  36.0 (p)35.9   (p)-0.6  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment in Selected States

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2016
Sep. 2017 Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017 12-month change:
Nov. 2016 -
Nov. 2017

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

Motor vehicles manufacturing

Alabama

13.0 13.3 13.3 (p)13.3 (p)0.3

California

9.6 10.3 10.3 (p)10.3 (p)0.5

Indiana

17.5 18.3 18.3 (p)18.3 (p)0.5

Kentucky

22.3 24.2 24.5 (p)26.2 (p)2.7

Michigan

37.4 35.9 37.5 (p)38.4 (p)-2.0

Missouri

12.9 14.5 14.1 (p)14.3 (p)1.0

Ohio

21.9 17.3 19.4 (p)19.5 (p)-2.6

Texas

10.8 10.9 10.9 (p)10.9 (p)0.0

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

Indiana

37.2 40.0 40.2 (p)40.1 (p)2.6

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

Alabama

26.1 27.2 27.1 (p)27.2 (p)0.7

California

         

Indiana

61.3 62.3 62.5 (p)62.5 (p)0.9

Kentucky

36.2 37.6 37.6 (p)38.1 (p)1.0

Michigan

127.3 124.8 124.6 (p)125.0 (p)-3.3

Mississippi

6.0 6.1 6.3 (p)6.3 (p)0.4

New York

11.0 10.2 10.2 (p)10.2 (p)-0.7

Ohio

75.1 76.3 77.0 (p)77.9 (p)2.3

Wisconsin

         

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(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 12, 2018