Transportation Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 336

About the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing subsector

The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Transportation Equipment Manufacturing subsector produce equipment for transporting people and goods. Transportation equipment is a type of machinery. An entire subsector is devoted to this activity because of the significance of its economic size in all three North American countries. ^~Establishments in this subsector utilize production processes similar to those of other machinery manufacturing establishments - bending, forming, welding, machining, and assembling metal or plastic parts into components and finished products. However, the assembly of components and subassemblies and their further assembly into finished vehicles tends to be a more common production process in this subsector than in the Machinery Manufacturing subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing: NAICS 3361
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing: NAICS 3362
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing: NAICS 3363
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: NAICS 3364
  • Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing: NAICS 3365
  • Ship and Boat Building: NAICS 3366
  • Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing: NAICS 3369

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in transportation equipment 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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Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017
Nov.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,618.5 1,615.9 (p)1,613.1 (p)1,615.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,127.4 1,128.2 (p)1,125.2 (p)1,125.8

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

4.1% 4.1% 2.9% 1.9%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Aerospace engineers

26,390

Machinists

45,830

Mechanical engineers

35,230

Team assemblers

314,190

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

54,880

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017
Nov.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$30.91 $31.20 (p)$31.26 (p)$31.04

Average weekly hours

42.9 42.9 (p)43.1 (p)43.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017
Nov.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$25.33 $25.60 (p)$25.66 (p)$25.63

Average weekly hours

44.0 43.5 (p)43.8 (p)43.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Aerospace engineers

52.34 52.93 108,880 110,100

Machinists

21.94 22.40 45,640 46,590

Mechanical engineers

40.83 42.62 84,940 88,650

Team assemblers

17.32 18.59 36,030 38,670

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

18.74 19.93 38,990 41,460

(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 transportation equipment 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

28 20 32 35

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

4.4

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

2.5

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.5

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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Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017
Oct.
2017
Nov.
2017

Producer price index

(p)121.0 (p)121.0 (p)122.2 (p)122.5

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.0% (p)0.0% (p)1.0% (p)0.2%

Import index

(r)109.2 (r)109.3 (r)109.2 109.3

Percent change from previous month

  (r)0.0% (r)0.1% (r)-0.1% (r)0.1%

Export index

124.6 124.7 (r)124.8 124.9

Percent change from previous month

  0.1% 0.1% (r)0.1% (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 transportation equipment 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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3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016
1st quarter
2017
2nd quarter
2017

Number of establishments

Private industry

14,753 14,728 (p)14,805 (p)14,910

Local government

      (p)1

State government

       

Federal government

15 15 (p)15 (p)15

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

110.845 115.013 113.993 109.286

Percent change from previous year

2.6 3.8 -0.9 -4.1

Labor index, total labor hours

90.893 93.687 96.584 98.550

Percent change from previous year

2.4 3.1 3.1 2.0

Output index

100.751 107.753 110.099 107.702

Percent change from previous year

5.1 6.9 2.2 -2.2

Unit labor costs index

103.749 100.604 103.424 110.026

Percent change from previous year

-0.5 -3.0 2.8 6.4

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: December 14, 2017