Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 325

About the Chemical Manufacturing subsector

The chemical manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

The Chemical Manufacturing subsector is based on the transformation of organic and inorganic raw materials by a chemical process and the formulation of products. This subsector distinguishes the production of basic chemicals that comprise the first industry group from the production of intermediate and end products produced by further processing of basic chemicals that make up the remaining industry groups.

North American Industry Classification System

The chemical manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 3251
  • Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing: NAICS 3252
  • Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 3253
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing: NAICS 3254
  • Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing: NAICS 3255
  • Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing: NAICS 3256
  • Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing: NAICS 3259

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in chemical 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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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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810.0 811.5 (P) 812.5 (P) 812.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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505.2 506.2 (P) 508.5 (P) 509.5

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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4.5% 4.1% 4.1% 2.6%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2014

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

51,780

Chemical technicians

19,540

Chemists

27,030

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

53,190

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

50,260

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for chemical 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 employees are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in chemical manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$31.01 $30.75 (P) $30.54 (P) $30.15

Average weekly hours

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41.9 41.5 (P) 41.3 (P) 41.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$21.60 $21.66 (P) $21.80 (P) $21.58

Average weekly hours

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42.9 42.8 (P) 42.5 (P) 42.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2014
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

23.33 23.60 48,520 49,090

Chemical technicians

22.86 24.20 47,550 50,330

Chemists

35.26 38.01 73,350 79,070

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

16.73 17.62 34,800 36,660

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

13.56 14.65 28,200 30,460

(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 chemical 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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

24 25 24 18

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

 

Total recordable cases

2.4 2.4 2.3 2.0

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

1.5 1.4 1.4 1.1

Cases involving days away from work

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6

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) 263.4 (P) 263.3 (P) 264.4 (P) 267.4

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -0.5% (P) 0.0% (P) 0.4% (P) 1.1%

Import index

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134.4 (R) 134.2 134.4 134.1

Percent change from previous month

  -0.3% (R) -0.1% (R) 0.1% -0.2%

Export index

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(R) 120.5 (R) 120.9 (R) 121.6 121.1

Percent change from previous month

  (R) -0.4% (R) 0.3% (R) 0.6% (R) -0.4%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in chemical 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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Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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(P) 16,439 (P) 16,547 (P) 16,712 (P) 16,866

Local government

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

Federal government

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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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94.252 95.169 94.104 94.966

Percent change from previous year

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2.2 1.0 -1.1 0.9

Labor index, total labor hours

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91.750 92.105 93.290 94.403

Percent change from previous year

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-0.9 0.4 1.3 1.2

Output index

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86.476 87.655 87.789 89.651

Percent change from previous year

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1.2 1.4 0.2 2.1

Unit labor costs index

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113.458 115.731 119.341 121.977

Percent change from previous year

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0.0 2.0 3.1 2.2

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See chemical manufacturing, except pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: July 31, 2015