Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 325

About the Chemical Manufacturing subsector

The chemical manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

The Chemical Manufacturing subsector is based on the transformation of organic and inorganic raw materials by a chemical process and the formulation of products. This subsector distinguishes the production of basic chemicals that comprise the first industry group from the production of intermediate and end products produced by further processing of basic chemicals that make up the remaining industry groups.

North American Industry Classification System

The chemical manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Basic Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 3251
  • Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing: NAICS 3252
  • Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing: NAICS 3253
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing: NAICS 3254
  • Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing: NAICS 3255
  • Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing: NAICS 3256
  • Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing: NAICS 3259

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in chemical manufacturing. 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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Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

819.6 819.8 (p)817.9 (p)821.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

524.1 523.0 (p)523.4 (p)527.0

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

2.3% 3.3% 4.3% 2.7%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

61,910

Chemical technicians

21,250

Chemists

29,470

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

52,490

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

48,960

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(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 employees are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in chemical manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$33.67 $32.91 (p)$33.34 (p)$33.95

Average weekly hours

40.8 40.6 (p)40.8 (p)40.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$24.64 $24.29 (p)$24.65 (p)$24.92

Average weekly hours

42.0 41.9 (p)41.8 (p)42.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

23.36 24.46 48,580 50,880

Chemical technicians

23.32 24.64 48,500 51,240

Chemists

35.28 38.18 73,380 79,420

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

17.37 18.49 36,120 38,450

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

14.27 15.49 29,680 32,230

(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 chemical manufacturing. 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 2012 2013 2014 2015

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

24 18 27 28

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

Data series 2016

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

Total recordable cases

2.0

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

1.2

Cases involving days away from work

0.6

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)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction. The import price index reflects the percentage change in prices paid to foreign producers for their goods and services within the U.S., while the export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

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Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017

Producer price index

(p)276.8 (p)277.5 (p)277.1 (p)281.6

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-0.3% (p)0.3% (p)-0.1% (p)1.6%

Import index

135.1 134.9 (r)135.1 136.3

Percent change from previous month

  -0.4% -0.1% (r)0.1% (r)0.9%

Export index

113.5 (r)113.7 (r)114.6 115.2

Percent change from previous month

  1.0% (r)0.2% (r)0.8% (r)0.5%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in chemical manufacturing. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016
1st quarter
2017

Number of establishments

Private industry

17,503 17,629 17,706 (p)18,147

Local government

4 4 4 (p)4

Federal government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2013 2014 2015 2016

Labor productivity index, output per hour

91.393 90.436 91.397 92.391

Percent change from previous year

0.3 -1.0 1.1 1.1

Labor index, total labor hours

93.313 94.175 94.442 92.829

Percent change from previous year

1.3 0.9 0.3 -1.7

Output index

85.282 85.169 86.317 85.765

Percent change from previous year

1.6 -0.1 1.3 -0.6

Unit labor costs index

122.548 122.594 128.924 127.700

Percent change from previous year

-3.0 0.0 5.2 -0.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: November 17, 2017