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

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Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jul.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

2,166.1 2,169.5 (p)2,169.8 (p)2,171.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,754.1 1,767.1 (p)1,771.9  

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2018

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

197,650

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

285,310

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

42,920

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

51,750

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

144,160

(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

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2019
Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$28.56 $28.61 $28.64 (p)$28.98

Average weekly hours

38.3 38.6 38.6 (p)39.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Mar.
2019
Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$23.68 $23.75 $23.83 (p)$23.88

Average weekly hours

38.1 38.4 38.3 (p)38.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2018
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

14.56 15.51 30,290 32,260

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

26.87 32.33 55,890 67,250

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

39.60 44.11 82,360 91,750

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

15.81 16.64 32,890 34,620

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

21.24 22.27 44,180 46,320

(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 2014 2015 2016 2017

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

84 74 86 87

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

Data series 2017

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

Total recordable cases

3.8

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

2.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.4

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.

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Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jul.
2019

Producer price index

(p)163.4 (p)164.6 (p)166.0 (p)165.5

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-0.4% (p)0.7% (p)0.9% (p)-0.3%

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
2018
2nd quarter
2018
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)163,488 (p)164,440 (p)165,517 (p)166,376

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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2015 2016 2017 2018

Labor productivity index, output per hour

100.610 101.562 102.057 100.724

Percent change from previous year

3.7 0.9 0.5 -1.3

Labor index, total labor hours

98.148 99.458 98.720 99.029

Percent change from previous year

0.1 1.3 -0.7 0.3

Output index

98.746 101.011 100.751 99.746

Percent change from previous year

3.8 2.3 -0.3 -1.0

Unit labor costs index

122.985 120.009 122.842 129.003

Percent change from previous year

0.3 -2.4 2.4 5.0

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: August 21, 2019