Social Assistance: NAICS 624

About the Social Assistance subsector

The social assistance subsector is part of the health care and social assistance sector.

Industries in the Social Assistance subsector provide a wide variety of social assistance services directly to their clients. These services do not include residential or accommodation services, except on a short stay basis.

North American Industry Classification System

The social assistance subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Individual and Family Services: NAICS 6241
  • Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services: NAICS 6242
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services: NAICS 6243
  • Child Day Care Services: NAICS 6244

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in social assistance. 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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2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,573.5 3,576.5 (P) 3,594.2 (P) 3,601.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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3,173.4 3,160.2 (P) 3,176.6  

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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4.7% 5.4% 4.9% 4.1%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Child care workers

308,170

Child, family, and school social workers

87,510

Personal and home care aides

624,640

Social and community service managers

47,440

Social and human service assistants

141,310

Note: These employment estimates include employment in both the private-sector and government.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 social assistance.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2015
Dec.
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016

Average hourly earnings

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$15.75 $15.75 $15.81 (P) $15.80

Average weekly hours

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30.2 29.7 29.7 (P) 29.5

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2015
Dec.
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016

Average hourly earnings

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$13.75 $13.78 $13.83 (P) $13.84

Average weekly hours

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29.3 28.9 28.7 (P) 28.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Child care workers

9.37 10.07 19,490 20,950

Child, family, and school social workers

17.82 19.14 37,070 39,810

Personal and home care aides

10.17 10.46 21,160 21,760

Social and community service managers

27.91 30.41 58,050 63,240

Social and human service assistants

14.07 14.98 29,260 31,160

(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 social assistance. 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

30 26 26 41

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

3.5

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

1.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in social assistance.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2014
1st quarter
2015
2nd quarter
2015
3rd quarter
2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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728,765 (P) 739,422 (P) 747,673 (P) 762,217

Local government

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2,722 (P) 2,723 (P) 2,724 (P) 2,692

State government

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2,580 (P) 2,681 (P) 2,688 (P) 2,677

Federal government

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290 (P) 303 (P) 315 (P) 312

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See child day care services and social assistance, except child day care in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 29, 2016