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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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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,584.9 1,599.6 (p)1,613.6 (p)1,608.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,084.0 1,109.9 (p)1,123.7 (p)1,125.1

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

7.7% 4.1% 4.6% 4.6%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Aerospace engineers

21,020

Machinists

41,850

Mechanical engineers

34,080

Team assemblers

298,080

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

57,510

(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 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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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$34.83 $34.98 (p)$35.11 (p)$35.51

Average weekly hours

41.5 42.1 (p)41.5 (p)41.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$29.48 $29.56 (p)$29.54 (p)$29.99

Average weekly hours

41.7 42.7 (p)42.3 (p)41.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Aerospace engineers

56.12 57.13 116,720 118,840

Machinists

23.74 24.89 49,370 51,770

Mechanical engineers

44.54 46.83 92,650 97,410

Team assemblers

18.53 19.94 38,540 41,460

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

21.00 21.85 43,670 45,440

(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 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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

30 24 33 30

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

Data series 2019

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

Total recordable cases

3.7

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

2.2

Cases involving days away from work

0.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.3

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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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Producer price index

(p)128.3 (p)128.8 (p)129.2 (p)129.4

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.3% (p)0.4% (p)0.3% (p)0.2%

Import index

111.7 112.1 (r)112.3 112.4

Percent change from previous month

  0.2% 0.4% (r)0.2% (r)0.1%

Export index

132.0 132.7 132.9 133.0

Percent change from previous month

  0.1% 0.5% 0.2% 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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2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

15,401 15,589 15,754 (p)15,921

Local government

2 2 2 (p)2

State government

       

Federal government

15 15 15 (p)15

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2017 2018 2019 2020

Labor productivity index, output per hour

108.810 108.101 106.809 102.559

Percent change from previous year

-0.6 -0.7 -1.2 -4.0

Labor index, total labor hours

99.652 103.511 102.597 90.388

Percent change from previous year

0.8 3.9 -0.9 -11.9

Output index

108.431 111.897 109.583 92.701

Percent change from previous year

0.1 3.2 -2.1 -15.4

Unit labor costs index

110.438 111.970 115.944 129.041

Percent change from previous year

2.5 1.4 3.5 11.3

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: October 22, 2021