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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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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

351.8 351.1 (p)353.0 (p)361.5

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

252.1 251.6 (p)253.3 (p)261.8

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

5.3% 9.7% 2.6% 5.1%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

63,300

Carpenters

10,920

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

14,050

Furniture finishers

9,680

Team assemblers

48,920

Upholsterers

12,670

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

15,940

(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 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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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$23.45 $23.81 (p)$23.86 (p)$23.97

Average weekly hours

39.4 39.5 (p)39.9 (p)39.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$19.15 $19.30 (p)$19.23 (p)$19.22

Average weekly hours

39.8 39.4 (p)40.1 (p)39.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

17.59 18.50 36,590 38,480

Carpenters

21.13 23.72 43,960 49,330

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

27.70 29.00 57,620 60,330

Furniture finishers

15.75 16.56 32,760 34,440

Team assemblers

15.25 16.15 31,720 33,600

Upholsterers

17.53 18.21 36,470 37,870

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

15.70 16.38 32,660 34,070

(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 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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

9 10 3 12

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

4.2

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.

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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Producer price index

(p)218.0 (p)220.8 (p)225.4 (p)229.3

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.4% (p)1.3% (p)2.1% (p)1.7%

Import index

(r)116.6 (r)117.2 (r)117.7 118.0

Percent change from previous month

  (r)0.4% (r)0.5% (r)0.4% (r)0.3%

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
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)17,628 (p)17,581 (p)17,667 (p)17,751

Local government

       

State government

(p)18 (p)18 (p)18 (p)18

Federal government

       

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

102.376 103.142 99.076 91.789

Percent change from previous year

-2.3 0.7 -3.9 -7.4

Labor index, total labor hours

75.209 75.427 74.125 68.999

Percent change from previous year

1.4 0.3 -1.7 -6.9

Output index

76.995 77.797 73.441 63.333

Percent change from previous year

-1.0 1.0 -5.6 -13.8

Unit labor costs index

113.052 117.034 121.165 133.456

Percent change from previous year

4.0 3.5 3.5 10.1

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 30, 2021