General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 452

About the General Merchandise Stores subsector

The general merchandise stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the General Merchandise Stores subsector retail new general merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector are unique in that they have the equipment and staff capable of retailing a large variety of goods from a single location. This includes a variety of display equipment and staff trained to provide information on many lines of products.

North American Industry Classification System

The general merchandise stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Department Stores: NAICS 4521
  • Other General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 4529

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in general merchandise stores. 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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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,112.7 3,116.2 (P) 3,119.0 (P) 3,125.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,782.3 2,781.8 (P) 2,804.2  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Cashiers

601,020

Customer service representatives

63,420

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

244,160

Retail salespersons

948,620

Stock clerks and order fillers

489,160

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for general merchandise stores.

(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 general merchandise stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$14.70 $14.72 $14.93 (P) $14.91

Average weekly hours

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30.4 30.4 30.2 (P) 30.9

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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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$11.46 $11.54 $11.73 (P) $11.74

Average weekly hours

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28.6 28.9 28.6 (P) 29.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

$9.08 $9.71 $18,890 $20,200

Customer service representatives

$11.43 $12.31 $23,780 $25,610

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

$16.43 $17.32 $34,180 $36,030

Retail salespersons

$9.62 $10.54 $20,010 $21,920

Stock clerks and order fillers

$9.84 $10.65 $20,460 $22,150

(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 general merchandise stores. 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

19 14 13 23

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

 

Total recordable cases

5.2 5.0 4.6 5.3

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

3.1 3.2 3.0 2.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.4 1.4 1.3 1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.8 1.8 1.7 1.7

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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Producer price index

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(P) 130.3 (P) 123.1 (P) 121.4 (P) 117.1

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -1.1% (P) -5.5% (P) -1.4% (P) -3.5%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in general merchandise stores. 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) 56,887 (P) 57,783 (P) 57,879 (P) 58,363

Local government

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(P) 5 (P) 5 (P) 5 (P) 5

Federal government

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(P) 316 (P) 313 (P) 309 (P) 309

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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118.322 116.173 122.779 128.721

Percent change from previous year

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-0.8 -1.8 5.7 4.8

Labor index, total labor hours

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116.673 121.564 117.452 113.460

Percent change from previous year

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4.8 4.2 -3.4 -3.4

Output index

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138.050 141.224 144.207 146.047

Percent change from previous year

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3.9 2.3 2.1 1.3

Unit labor costs index

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92.920 93.710 93.634 92.766

Percent change from previous year

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-3.2 0.9 -0.1 -0.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See clothing, accessory, and general merchandise stores in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: August 19, 2014