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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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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

310.5 336.1 (p)348.5 (p)348.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

220.3 241.7 (p)251.6 (p)251.4

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

20.7% 13.0% 4.2% 7.5%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

68,110

Carpenters

10,940

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

15,100

Furniture finishers

10,430

Team assemblers

51,570

Upholsterers

15,000

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

16,770

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for 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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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$23.09 $23.19 (p)$23.21 (p)$22.85

Average weekly hours

37.4 38.8 (p)38.8 (p)38.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$18.72 $19.27 (p)$19.19 (p)$19.12

Average weekly hours

37.6 39.8 (p)40.1 (p)40.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

17.13 17.94 35,640 37,310

Carpenters

19.93 22.47 41,450 46,740

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

27.05 28.39 56,270 59,050

Furniture finishers

15.25 15.97 31,720 33,210

Team assemblers

14.75 15.63 30,670 32,500

Upholsterers

17.13 17.78 35,640 36,980

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

15.31 15.76 31,850 32,780

(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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

  9 10 3

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

Data series 2018

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

Total recordable cases

4.2

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

2.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

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.

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Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020

Producer price index

(p)213.8 (p)213.9 (p)214.2 (p)214.4

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.0% (p)0.0% (p)0.1% (p)0.1%

Import index

115.3 (r)115.1 (r)114.6 114.7

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% (r)-0.2% (r)-0.4% (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 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
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)17,710 (p)17,687 (p)17,659 (p)17,678

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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2016 2017 2018 2019

Labor productivity index, output per hour

104.798 101.398 103.223 102.897

Percent change from previous year

-0.6 -3.2 1.8 -0.3

Labor index, total labor hours

74.181 75.209 75.432 74.235

Percent change from previous year

1.0 1.4 0.3 -1.6

Output index

77.740 76.260 77.863 76.385

Percent change from previous year

0.4 -1.9 2.1 -1.9

Unit labor costs index

108.663 110.879 115.245 117.870

Percent change from previous year

3.3 2.0 3.9 2.3

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: August 14, 2020