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Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing: NAICS 326

About the Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing subsector

The plastics and rubber products manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing subsector make goods by processing plastics materials and raw rubber. The core technology employed by establishments in this subsector is that of plastics or rubber product production. Plastics and rubber are combined in the same subsector because plastics are increasingly being used as a substitute for rubber; however the subsector is generally restricted to the production of products made of just one material, either solely plastics or rubber.

North American Industry Classification System

The plastics and rubber products manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Plastics Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3261
  • Rubber Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3262

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in plastics and rubber products 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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Jan.
2022
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

736.0 739.8 (p)743.7 (p)749.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

543.1 548.9 (p)555.4 (p)558.6

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

3.9% 5.2% 3.8% 4.6%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2021

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

29,120

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

20,970

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

35,400

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

38,510

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

86,670

Packers and packagers, hand

23,730

Team assemblers

66,940

(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 plastics and rubber products 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 are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in plastics and rubber products manufacturing.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jan.
2022
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022

Average hourly earnings

$27.18 $27.19 (p)$27.04 (p)$27.50

Average weekly hours

40.4 40.9 (p)41.1 (p)40.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jan.
2022
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022

Average hourly earnings

$22.87 $23.03 (p)$22.89 (p)$22.98

Average weekly hours

40.8 41.4 (p)41.4 (p)41.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2021
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

18.13 19.41 37,710 40,370

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

17.92 18.30 37,270 38,070

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

29.20 29.73 60,740 61,850

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

17.87 18.58 37,170 38,640

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

17.30 17.54 35,990 36,490

Packers and packagers, hand

14.48 15.19 30,110 31,590

Team assemblers

15.08 16.55 31,370 34,420

(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 plastics and rubber products 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 2017 2018 2019 2020

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

15 12 10 16

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

3.5

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

2.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.1

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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Jan.
2022
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022

Producer price index

(p)238.080 (p)240.189 (p)242.065 (p)245.355

Percent change from previous month

  (p)1.4% (p)0.9% (p)0.8% (p)1.4%

Import index

(r)129.7 130.2 130.7 132.6

Percent change from previous month

  (r)0.5% (r)0.4% 0.4% 1.5%

Export index

(r)127.2 (r)127.7 (r)129.8 129.8

Percent change from previous month

  (r)0.3% (r)0.4% (r)1.6% (r)0.0%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in plastics and rubber products 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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4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021
2nd quarter
2021
3rd quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

13,450 (p)13,454 (p)13,541 (p)13,633

Local government

1 (p)2 (p)2 (p)2

State government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2018 2019 2020 2021

Labor productivity index, output per hour

95.321 94.814 96.486 94.923

Percent change from previous year

1.9 -0.5 1.8 -1.6

Labor index, total labor hours

113.965 112.341 104.211 109.519

Percent change from previous year

0.9 -1.4 -7.2 5.1

Output index

108.632 106.515 100.550 103.958

Percent change from previous year

2.9 -1.9 -5.6 3.4

Unit labor costs index

112.885 117.817 125.305 132.678

Percent change from previous year

1.6 4.4 6.4 5.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: May 25, 2022