Wood Product Manufacturing: NAICS 321

About the Wood Product Manufacturing subsector

The wood product manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Wood Product Manufacturing subsector manufacture wood products, such as lumber, plywood, veneers, wood containers, wood flooring, wood trusses, manufactured homes (i.e., mobile homes), and prefabricated wood buildings. The production processes of the Wood Product Manufacturing subsector include sawing, planing, shaping, laminating, and assembling of wood products starting from logs that are cut into bolts, or lumber that then may be further cut, or shaped by lathes or other shaping tools. The lumber or other transformed wood shapes may also be subsequently planed or smoothed, and assembled into finished products, such as wood containers. The Wood Product Manufacturing subsector includes establishments that make wood products from logs and bolts that are sawed and shaped, and establishments that purchase sawed lumber and make wood products. With the exception of sawmills and wood preservation establishments, the establishments are grouped into industries mainly based on the specific products manufactured.

North American Industry Classification System

The wood product manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Sawmills and Wood Preservation: NAICS 3211
  • Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3212
  • Other Wood Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3219

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in wood product 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

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2016
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2016
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2016
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2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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383.4 382.8 (P) 381.7 (P) 381.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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304.6 302.7 (P) 302.1 (P) 300.5

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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10.7% 8.7% 8.0% 9.4%

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

11,200

Carpenters

10,370

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

14,640

Machine feeders and offbearers

9,770

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

37,470

Team assemblers

37,000

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

48,760

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$19.05 $19.04 (P) $19.17 (P) $19.30

Average weekly hours

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41.3 41.0 (P) 40.5 (P) 41.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2016

Average hourly earnings

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$16.52 $16.58 (P) $16.64 (P) $16.97

Average weekly hours

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42.0 42.0 (P) 41.5 (P) 42.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

14.07 15.39 29,260 32,010

Carpenters

15.36 17.28 31,950 35,940

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

23.42 24.91 48,710 51,800

Machine feeders and offbearers

12.49 13.33 25,990 27,730

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

13.10 13.82 27,260 28,740

Team assemblers

12.57 13.19 26,150 27,430

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

13.20 13.79 27,450 28,690

(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 wood product 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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

25 24 29 42

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

Data series 2014

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

 

Total recordable cases

6.8

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

3.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.8

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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Producer price index

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(P) 123.8 (P) 123.8 (P) 124.4 (P) 124.8

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.0% (P) 0.0% (P) 0.5% (P) 0.3%

Import index

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110.9 (R) 110.5 (R) 111.6 113.8

Percent change from previous month

  0.1% (R) -0.4% (R) 1.0% (R) 2.0%

Export index

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Percent change from previous month

         

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in wood product 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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2014
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2015
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2015
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2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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14,488 (P) 14,469 (P) 14,494 (P) 14,568

Local government

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8 (P) 7 (P) 8 (P) 7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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112.393 110.099 109.477 109.177

Percent change from previous year

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3.9 -2.0 -0.6 -0.3

Labor index, total labor hours

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69.420 73.305 75.474 75.742

Percent change from previous year

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2.8 5.6 3.0 0.4

Output index

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78.024 80.707 82.626 82.693

Percent change from previous year

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6.8 3.4 2.4 0.1

Unit labor costs index

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90.148 92.927 95.118 100.153

Percent change from previous year

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-2.7 3.1 2.4 5.3

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: May 20, 2016