Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing: NAICS 327

About the Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing subsector

The nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

The Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing subsector transforms mined or quarried nonmetallic minerals, such as sand, gravel, stone, clay, and refractory materials, into products for intermediate or final consumption. Processes used include grinding, mixing, cutting, shaping, and honing. Heat often is used in the process and chemicals are frequently mixed to change the composition, purity, and chemical properties for the intended product. For example, glass is produced by heating silica sand to the melting point (sometimes combined with cullet or recycled glass) and then drawn, floated, or blow molded to the desired shape or thickness. Refractory materials are heated and then formed into bricks or other shapes for use in industrial applications.

North American Industry Classification System

The nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing: NAICS 3271
  • Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3272
  • Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3273
  • Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3274
  • Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3279

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in nonmetallic mineral product 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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Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

414.5 414.6 (p)414.3 (p)414.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

309.8 309.4 (p)309.4 (p)309.9

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

5.5% 5.1% 3.9% 5.7%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2018

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

16,270

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

15,070

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

14,810

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic

25,200

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

68,770

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
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Average hourly earnings

$25.19 $25.35 (p)$25.26 (p)$25.49

Average weekly hours

42.2 42.1 (p)42.4 (p)42.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2019
Apr.
2019
May
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Jun.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$21.74 $21.77 (p)$21.96 (p)$22.17

Average weekly hours

43.6 43.9 (p)43.8 (p)44.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2018
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

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

17.61 18.61 36,630 38,710

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

28.89 30.22 60,090 62,850

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

14.98 15.88 31,160 33,020

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic

16.24 17.00 33,770 35,370

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

19.73 20.81 41,030 43,280

(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 nonmetallic mineral product 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 2014 2015 2016 2017

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

39 39 32 35

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

Data series 2017

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

Total recordable cases

4.6

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

2.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.4

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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2019
Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019

Producer price index

(p)216.6 (p)218.3 (p)217.7 (p)218.2

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.0% (p)0.8% (p)-0.3% (p)0.2%

Import index

131.0 (r)131.2 131.1 131.1

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% (r)0.2% (r)-0.1% 0.0%

Export index

117.7 (r)118.0 (r)118.0 117.9

Percent change from previous month

  1.0% (r)0.3% (r)0.0% (r)-0.1%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in nonmetallic mineral product 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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2018
2nd quarter
2018
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)16,471 (p)16,468 (p)16,513 (p)16,570

Local government

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

State government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2015 2016 2017 2018

Labor productivity index, output per hour

98.608 98.531 95.355 92.538

Percent change from previous year

-1.2 -0.1 -3.2 -3.0

Labor index, total labor hours

78.191 79.630 82.289 84.410

Percent change from previous year

1.8 1.8 3.3 2.6

Output index

77.103 78.460 78.467 78.111

Percent change from previous year

0.5 1.8 0.0 -0.5

Unit labor costs index

120.085 123.365 128.937 135.245

Percent change from previous year

4.1 2.7 4.5 4.9

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 19, 2019