Transportation Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 336

About the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing subsector

The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing subsector produce equipment for transporting people and goods. Transportation equipment is a type of machinery. An entire subsector is devoted to this activity because of the significance of its economic size in all three North American countries. ^~Establishments in this subsector utilize production processes similar to those of other machinery manufacturing establishments - bending, forming, welding, machining, and assembling metal or plastic parts into components and finished products. However, the assembly of components and subassemblies and their further assembly into finished vehicles tends to be a more common production process in this subsector than in the Machinery Manufacturing subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing: NAICS 3361
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing: NAICS 3362
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing: NAICS 3363
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: NAICS 3364
  • Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing: NAICS 3365
  • Ship and Boat Building: NAICS 3366
  • Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3369

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in transportation equipment 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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2014
Oct.
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Nov.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,559.2 1,559.5 (P) 1,561.3 (P) 1,564.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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1,107.7 1,102.9 (P) 1,108.3 (P) 1,108.4

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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5.0% 3.0% 3.1% 3.2%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Aerospace engineers

30,490

Machinists

48,730

Mechanical engineers

33,260

Team assemblers

248,980

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

49,510

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$29.70 $29.84 (P) $29.76 (P) $29.77

Average weekly hours

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42.6 42.6 (P) 42.5 (P) 42.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2014

Average hourly earnings

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$24.89 $24.93 (P) $24.91 (P) $24.92

Average weekly hours

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43.6 43.7 (P) 43.7 (P) 43.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Aerospace engineers

$47.71 $48.37 $99,230 $100,610

Machinists

$20.86 $21.66 $43,390 $45,050

Mechanical engineers

$39.30 $40.57 $81,740 $84,380

Team assemblers

$16.78 $18.16 $34,900 $37,770

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

$17.38 $18.22 $36,160 $37,890

(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 transportation equipment 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

32 31 28 (P) 19

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

 

Total recordable cases

(1) 5.5 5.2 5.3 4.9

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

(1) 3.0 2.8 2.8 2.7

Cases involving days away from work

(1) 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

(1) 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.6

Footnotes
(1) Industry scope changed in 2009
(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. 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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2014
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Producer price index

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(P) 117.1 (P) 116.8 (P) 118.6 (P) 118.5

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.1% (P) -0.3% (P) 1.5% (P) -0.1%

Import index

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111.5 111.4 (R) 111.3 111.1

Percent change from previous month

  0.1% -0.1% (R) -0.1% (R) -0.2%

Export index

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119.9 119.9 120.0 120.0

Percent change from previous month

  -0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%

Footnotes
(R) Revised
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in transportation equipment 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

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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14,269 14,290 (P) 14,300 (P) 14,365

Local government

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2 2 (P) 1 (P) 1

State government

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Federal government

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16 15 (P) 15 (P) 15

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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133.353 134.100 141.577  

Percent change from previous year

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16.1 0.6 5.6  

Labor index, total labor hours

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73.630 77.264 82.523 84.281

Percent change from previous year

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2.1 4.9 6.8 2.1

Output index

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98.187 103.611 116.833  

Percent change from previous year

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18.6 5.5 12.8  

Unit labor costs index

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93.772 93.748 87.473  

Percent change from previous year

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-12.8 0.0 -6.7  

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See automobile industry and industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Monthly Labor Review

See auto_industry in the Index of the Monthly Labor Review Online (Current Issue).

Career Guide to Industries

See aerospace product and parts manufacturing and motor vehicle and parts manufacturing in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: December 19, 2014