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Goods-Producing Industries

About the Goods-Producing Industries supersector group

The goods-producing industries supersector group consists of these supersectors and sectors:

(All other industries are part of the Service-Providing Industries supersector group.)

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in goods-producing industries. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024
May
2024
Jun.
2024

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

21,801 21,798 (p)21,810 (p)21,829

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

15,529 15,520 (p)15,535 (p)15,562

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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2020 2021 2022 2023

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

1.7% 2.9% 3.9% 2.2%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

1.9% 3.1% 4.3% 2.6%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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4th quarter
2022
1st quarter
2023
2nd quarter
2023
3rd quarter
2023

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

1,341 1,343 1,350 1,214

Gross job losses

1,288 1,211 1,318 1,312

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in goods-producing industries, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024
May
2024
Jun.
2024

Average hourly earnings

$35.37 $35.45 (p)$35.57 (p)$35.73

Average weekly hours

39.9 39.7 (p)39.9 (p)40.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Mar.
2024
Apr.
2024
May
2024
Jun.
2024

Average hourly earnings

$30.79 $30.83 (p)$30.93 (p)$31.08

Average weekly hours

40.6 40.3 (p)40.7 (p)40.8

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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2023 Back
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2023

Private industry

Retirement benefit plans

78 63

Defined benefit plans

18 15

Defined contribution plans

75 58

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

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2023

Mean number of vacation days for private industry workers without consolidated leave plans

7 16

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

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2023

Percent of private industry workers with access to employer-sponsored benefits

Health care

86

Paid vacation

90

Paid sick leave

75

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Employer Compensation Costs

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2nd quarter
2023
3rd quarter
2023
4th quarter
2023
1st quarter
2024

Private industry

12-month percent change

Total compensation

4.0% 3.8% 3.8% 3.8%

Wages and salaries

4.6% 4.1% 4.1% 4.1%

3-month percent change

Total compensation

1.0% 0.6% 0.8% 1.3%

Wages and salaries

1.1% 0.6% 1.0% 1.4%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Data series Private industry
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation
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1st quarter 2024 Back
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1st quarter 2024

Total compensation

45.31 100.0

Wages and salaries

30.62 67.6

Total benefits

14.69 32.4

Insurance

3.93 8.7

Retirement

1.82 4.0

Paid leave

2.86 6.3

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2020 2021 2022 2023

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$640 $675 $709 $770

Members of unions

-$ -$ -$ -$

Represented by unions

-$ -$ -$ -$

Nonunion

$638 $673 $710 $772

(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 goods-producing industries. 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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

2,035 2,038 2,013 2,085

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

Data series 2022

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

Total recordable cases

2.9

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

1.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8

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 goods-producing industries.

Establishments

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1st quarter
2023
2nd quarter
2023
3rd quarter
2023
4th quarter
2023

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)1,453,384 (p)1,463,984 (p)1,476,772 (p)1,483,092

Local government

(p)4,390 (p)4,392 (p)4,395 (p)4,423

State government

(p)1,968 (p)1,972 (p)1,995 (p)2,106

Federal government

(p)145 (p)149 (p)153 (p)152

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

345 328 309  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

320 342 342  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

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

 

Data extracted on: July 12, 2024