Printing and Related Support Activities: NAICS 323

About the Printing and Related Support Activities subsector

The printing and related support activities subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Printing and Related Support Activities subsector print products, such as newspapers, books, labels, business cards, stationery, business forms, and other materials, and perform support activities, such as data imaging, platemaking services, and bookbinding. The support activities included here are an integral part of the printing industry, and a product (a printing plate, a bound book, or a computer disk or file) that is an integral part of the printing industry is almost always provided by these operations.

North American Industry Classification System

The printing and related support activities subsector consists of a single industry group, Printing and Related Support Activities: NAICS 3231.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in printing and related support activities. 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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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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443.5 442.7 (P) 442.4 (P) 441.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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305.6 305.1 (P) 303.7 (P) 303.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Bindery workers

 

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

17,770

Job printers

 

Prepress technicians and workers

 

Printing machine operators

 

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for printing and related support activities.

(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 printing and related support activities.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$22.61 $22.80 (P) $22.76 (P) $22.55

Average weekly hours

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37.5 37.3 (P) 37.3 (P) 37.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$18.08 $18.09 (P) $17.97 (P) $17.93

Average weekly hours

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39.2 38.8 (P) 38.8 (P) 39.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bindery workers

       

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

$25.65 $27.22 $53,340 $56,620

Job printers

       

Prepress technicians and workers

       

Printing machine operators

       

(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 printing and related support activities. 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 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

12 8 7 (P) 3

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

 

Total recordable cases

2.7 3.2 2.9 2.8

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

1.6 1.8 1.6 1.5

Cases involving days away from work

0.7 1.0 0.8 0.8

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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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Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Producer price index

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(P) 112.4 (P) 113.0 (P) 113.2 (P) 112.7

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -0.4% (P) 0.5% (P) 0.2% (P) -0.4%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in printing and related support activities. 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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2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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30,092 (P) 30,013 (P) 29,944 (P) 29,918

Local government

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4 (P) 4 (P) 4 (P) 4

State government

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3 (P) 3 (P) 3 (P) 3

Federal government

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12 (P) 11 (P) 11 (P) 11

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2009 2010 2011 2012

Labor productivity index, output per hour

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111.729 116.461 121.905 121.619

Percent change from previous year

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-5.0 4.2 4.7 -0.2

Labor index, total labor hours

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73.150 69.960 66.248 64.807

Percent change from previous year

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-11.2 -4.4 -5.3 -2.2

Output index

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81.730 81.475 80.760 78.818

Percent change from previous year

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-15.6 -0.3 -0.9 -2.4

Unit labor costs index

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106.089 101.291 100.514 101.991

Percent change from previous year

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0.6 -4.5 -0.8 1.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See printing in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 15, 2014