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Education and Health Services

About the Education and Health Services supersector

The education and health services supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The education and health services supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in education and health services. 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, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

23,621 23,693 (p)23,706 (p)23,770

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

20,677 20,719 (p)20,666 (p)20,756

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

4.4% 4.3% 3.3% 2.8%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

2,034 1,753 (p)1,832  

Hires

906 978 (p)910  

Separations

816 838 (p)857  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Union Membership and Representation

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2017 2018 2019 2020

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

8.1% 8.1% 8.0% 8.4%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

9.3% 9.3% 9.2% 9.7%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

667 1,374 1,172 1,049

Gross job losses

2,406 902 892 912

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in education and health services, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(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, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$29.82 $30.02 (p)$30.34 (p)$30.41

Average weekly hours

33.3 33.3 (p)33.4 (p)33.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$26.97 $27.18 (p)$27.45 (p)$27.53

Average weekly hours

32.7 32.6 (p)32.7 (p)32.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employee Benefits

This section presents data on the incidence (the percentage of workers with access to and participation in employer-provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefits from the National Compensation Survey. More Benefits estimates are also accessible from the Benefits database, the archived NCS publications page, and the complete Employee Benefits Excel dataset (XLSX).

Data series Access Participation
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Private industry

Retirement benefit plans

73 54

Defined benefit plans

15 12

Defined contribution plans

69 49

State and local government

Retirement benefit plans

93 82

Defined benefit plans

87 74

Defined contribution plans

40 17

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

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Mean number of vacation days for workers without consolidated leave plans

Private industry

10 17

State and local government

13 21

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Data series Private industry State and local government
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Percent of workers with access to employer-sponsored benefits

Health care

76 90

Paid vacation

82 45

Paid sick leave

85 93

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Employer Compensation Costs

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2020
1st quarter
2021
2nd quarter
2021
3rd quarter
2021

Private industry

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.2% 2.2% 3.0% 3.4%

Wages and salaries

2.3% 2.1% 3.3% 3.8%

3-month percent change

Total compensation

0.5% 0.8% 0.6% 1.4%

Wages and salaries

0.6% 0.6% 0.8% 1.6%

State and local government

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.2% 2.1% 2.0% 2.5%

Wages and salaries

1.7% 1.6% 1.6% 2.3%

3-month percent change

Total compensation

0.5% 0.3% 0.2% 1.5%

Wages and salaries

0.4% 0.1% 0.3% 1.5%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Data series Private industry State and local government
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation
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2nd quarter 2021

Total compensation

38.03 100.0 55.91 100.0

Wages and salaries

26.83 70.5 35.83 64.1

Total benefits

11.20 29.5 20.07 35.9

Insurance

3.15 8.3 6.41 11.5

Retirement

1.21 3.2 6.82 12.2

Paid leave

3.28 8.6 3.62 6.5

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2017 2018 2019 2020

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$843 $860 $896 $968

Members of unions

$978 $984 $1,059 $1,129

Represented by unions

$964 $978 $1,051 $1,130

Nonunion

$831 $845 $879 $949

(Source: Current Population Survey)

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 education and health services. 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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

227 236 218 237

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

Data series 2020

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

Total recordable cases

5

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

3.3

Cases involving days away from work

2.7

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 and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in education and health services.

Establishments

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3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021
2nd quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,877,434 1,937,250 (p)1,907,965 (p)1,918,479

Local government

73,353 73,335 (p)73,147  

State government

14,713 14,638 (p)14,583  

Federal government

1,381 1,392 (p)1,396  

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

385 350 340  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

283 290 297  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: November 23, 2021