Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing: NAICS 337

About the Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing subsector

The furniture and related product manufacturing subsector is part of the manufacturing sector.

Industries in the Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing subsector make furniture and related articles, such as mattresses, window blinds, cabinets, and fixtures. The processes used in the manufacture of furniture include the cutting, bending, molding, laminating, and assembly of such materials as wood, metal, glass, plastics, and rattan. However, the production process for furniture is not solely bending metal, cutting and shaping wood, or extruding and molding plastics. Design and fashion trends play an important part in the production of furniture. The integrated design of the article for both esthetic and functional qualities is also a major part of the process of manufacturing furniture. Design services may be performed by the furniture establishment's work force or may be purchased from industrial designers.

North American Industry Classification System

The furniture and related product manufacturing subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing: NAICS 3371
  • Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing: NAICS 3372
  • Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing: NAICS 3379

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in furniture and related 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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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

392.3 393.5 (p)393.9 (p)395.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

287.0 287.7 (p)286.5 (p)287.7

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

4.0% 1.4% 1.9% 2.7%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

68,670

Carpenters

10,560

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

15,940

Furniture finishers

10,590

Team assemblers

35,780

Upholsterers

16,810

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

19,980

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$21.06 $21.33 (p)$21.32 (p)$21.29

Average weekly hours

39.3 39.1 (p)38.9 (p)38.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$17.26 $17.42 (p)$17.36 (p)$17.39

Average weekly hours

39.9 39.7 (p)39.5 (p)39.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

15.99 16.74 33,260 34,820

Carpenters

18.79 21.04 39,080 43,770

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

24.59 25.90 51,140 53,870

Furniture finishers

14.46 15.15 30,080 31,500

Team assemblers

13.53 14.31 28,140 29,760

Upholsterers

16.34 16.83 34,000 35,020

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

14.00 14.61 29,130 30,390

(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 furniture and related 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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

8 11 6 3

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

Data series 2015

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

Total recordable cases

4.9

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

2.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.6

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.

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2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Producer price index

(p)197.3 (p)198.0 (p)198.2 (p)198.1

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-0.1% (p)0.4% (p)0.1% (p)-0.1%

Import index

115.2 115.3 115.3 115.3

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes, International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in furniture and related 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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1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)17,590 (p)17,592 (p)17,639 (p)17,665

Local government

       

State government

(p)16 (p)16 (p)16 (p)16

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

103.377 99.366 104.932 102.543

Percent change from previous year

-0.7 -3.9 5.6 -2.3

Labor index, total labor hours

70.428 73.769 73.350 73.953

Percent change from previous year

2.4 4.7 -0.6 0.8

Output index

72.806 73.301 76.968 75.833

Percent change from previous year

1.8 0.7 5.0 -1.5

Unit labor costs index

102.335 102.825 103.878 112.994

Percent change from previous year

2.1 0.5 1.0 8.8

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 21, 2017