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Overview of BLS Statistics by Industry

Workplaces (establishments) are classified into industries based on their principal product or activity, as determined from information on annual sales volume. Two examples of industries are manufacturing and retail trade.

BLS industry data are classified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

BLS statistics by industry:

Industries at a Glance

Over 100 industry pages are available. These pages display a "snapshot" of national data obtained from different BLS surveys and programs. The data shown are based on the NAICS supersector, sector, and industry level.

Employment, Hours, and Earnings—National, State, and Area

The Current Employment Statistics survey is a monthly survey of the payroll records of business establishments that provides data on employment, hours, and earnings at national, state and selected local levels.

The following additional employment information is available by industry:


National estimates of employment and wages by occupation for more than 700 occupations are available for many 3-, 4-, and 5-digit NAICS industry groups from the Occupational Employment Statistics program.

Safety and Health

This program provides annual data on illnesses and injuries sustained on the job, as well as a complete count of all worker fatalities. State and national data are available by industry for on-the-job injuries and illnesses and for workplace fatalities.

Producer Price Index (PPI)

BLS produces and disseminates monthly data on changes in the selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. Price indexes are available for the output of many industries (including expanding coverage of the service sector) and more than 10,000 specific products and product classes.

Employment Cost Trends

This program provides quarterly indexes measuring change over time in labor costs (also called employment or compensation costs) and quarterly data measuring the level of costs per hour worked.

Labor Productivity and Costs and Total Factor Productivity

This program provides labor productivity, total factor productivity, and unit labor costs for the U.S. business sector, nonfarm business sector, manufacturing sector, and many individual industries. Quarterly and annual statistics are available for the sectors, while only annual statistics are available for individual industries.



Last Modified Date: April 14, 2022