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Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: NAICS 424

About the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector

The merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods subsector is part of the wholesale trade sector.

Industries in the Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods subsector sell nondurable goods to other businesses. Nondurable goods are items generally with a normal life expectancy of less than three years. Nondurable goods merchant wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as paper and paper products, chemicals and chemical products, drugs, textiles and textile products, apparel, footwear, groceries, farm products, petroleum and petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, books, magazines, newspapers, flowers and nursery stock, and tobacco products.

North American Industry Classification System

The merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4241
  • Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4242
  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4243
  • Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers: NAICS 4244
  • Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4245
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4246
  • Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4247
  • Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4248
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers: NAICS 4249

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
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Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

2,173.9 2,020.0 (p)2,037.9 (p)2,064.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,748.6 1,611.7 (p)1,639.1  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

200,990

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

281,080

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

42,570

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

47,350

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

153,560

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods.

(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 merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
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Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020

Average hourly earnings

$29.67 $29.86 $30.55 (p)$30.21

Average weekly hours

38.2 38.5 36.6 (p)37.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020

Average hourly earnings

$24.27 $24.51 $24.92 (p)$24.69

Average weekly hours

37.6 37.7 35.7 (p)36.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

15.32 16.21 31,850 33,710

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

27.69 33.26 57,590 69,170

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

41.88 46.29 87,120 96,290

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

16.49 17.34 34,290 36,060

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

21.98 22.99 45,730 47,830

(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 merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. 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

74 86 87 85

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

3.7

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

2.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.4

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.

Data series Back
data
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Producer price index

(p)164.7 (p)166.9 (p)166.3 (p)166.7

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.3% (p)1.3% (p)-0.4% (p)0.2%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods. 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)167,049 (p)168,001 (p)169,051 (p)169,608

Local government

(p)12 (p)12 (p)12 (p)12

State government

       

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

101.566 102.294 102.431 103.718

Percent change from previous year

1.0 0.7 0.1 1.3

Labor index, total labor hours

99.458 98.720 98.827 99.247

Percent change from previous year

1.3 -0.7 0.1 0.4

Output index

101.016 100.984 101.229 102.936

Percent change from previous year

2.3 0.0 0.2 1.7

Unit labor costs index

120.003 122.560 127.147 129.052

Percent change from previous year

-2.4 2.1 3.7 1.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 31, 2020