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Personal and Laundry Services: NAICS 812

About the Personal and Laundry Services subsector

The personal and laundry services subsector is part of the other services (except public administration) sector.

Industries in the Personal and Laundry Services subsector group establishments that provide personal and laundry services to individuals, households, and businesses. Services performed include: personal care services; death care services; laundry and drycleaning services; and a wide range of other personal services, such as pet care (except veterinary) services, photofinishing services, temporary parking services, and dating services.

North American Industry Classification System

The personal and laundry services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Personal Care Services: NAICS 8121
  • Death Care Services: NAICS 8122
  • Drycleaning and Laundry Services: NAICS 8123
  • Other Personal Services: NAICS 8129

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in personal and laundry 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, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

Data series Back
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Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,406.7 1,427.7 (p)1,421.5 (p)1,449.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,172.0 1,179.6 (p)1,176.2  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

6.0% 4.4% 4.6% 3.4%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Counter and rental clerks

39,030

First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers

24,970

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

241,120

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

91,410

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

28,470

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 personal and laundry services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$21.26 $21.02 $21.46 (p)$21.21

Average weekly hours

28.3 28.3 28.5 (p)27.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$19.16 $18.91 $19.28 (p)$19.12

Average weekly hours

27.5 27.5 27.5 (p)26.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Counter and rental clerks

12.41 13.42 25,800 27,910

First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers

18.79 20.87 39,080 43,420

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

13.74 16.20 28,570 33,690

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

12.22 12.58 25,420 26,170

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

12.27 12.48 25,510 25,960

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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 personal and laundry 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

33 38 29 45

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

2.5

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

1.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.4

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 personal and laundry services.

Establishments

Data series Back
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2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

232,179 236,099 238,177 (p)239,130

Local government

1,065 1,066 1,061 (p)1,065

State government

10 10 11 (p)11

Federal government

89 89 88 (p)86

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: November 23, 2021