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Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers: NAICS 444

About the Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers subsector

The building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers subsector retail new building material and garden equipment and supplies from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector have display equipment designed to handle lumber and related products and garden equipment and supplies that may be kept either indoors or outdoors under covered areas. The staff is usually knowledgeable in the use of the specific products being retailed in the construction, repair, and maintenance of the home and associated grounds.

North American Industry Classification System

The building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Building Material and Supplies Dealers: NAICS 4441
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores: NAICS 4442

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. 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
data
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,305.8 1,308.4 (p)1,305.6 (p)1,301.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,048.4 1,031.0 (p)1,048.7  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Cashiers

124,620

Industrial truck and tractor operators

10,040

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

68,320

Retail salespersons

496,820

Stock clerks and order fillers

 

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

32,100

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers.

(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 building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
data
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$18.96 $18.94 $19.22 (p)$19.57

Average weekly hours

31.7 31.9 31.9 (p)32.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$18.64 $18.60 $18.63 (p)$18.79

Average weekly hours

33.4 33.7 33.8 (p)33.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

12.13 12.50 25,220 26,000

Industrial truck and tractor operators

16.13 16.77 33,550 34,880

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

13.47 14.14 28,010 29,410

Retail salespersons

13.36 14.81 27,790 30,810

Stock clerks and order fillers

       

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

16.65 16.78 34,630 34,900

(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 building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. 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

29 19 30 19

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

4.8

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

3.4

Cases involving days away from work

1.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.8

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
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020

Producer price index

(p)149.7 (p)150.6 (p)152.0 (p)152.4

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-0.7% (p)0.6% (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 building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. 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

Data series Back
data
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

69,257 (p)68,998 (p)68,992 (p)69,226

Local government

5 (p)5 (p)5 (p)5

Federal government

1 (p)1 (p)1 (p)1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

Data series Back
data
2015 2016 2017 2018

Labor productivity index, output per hour

116.382 122.778 124.822 124.015

Percent change from previous year

5.4 5.5 1.7 -0.6

Labor index, total labor hours

84.651 85.341 87.369 88.677

Percent change from previous year

-0.4 0.8 2.4 1.5

Output index

98.518 104.780 109.056 109.972

Percent change from previous year

5.0 6.4 4.1 0.8

Unit labor costs index

102.569 100.069 98.711 100.435

Percent change from previous year

-1.3 -2.4 -1.4 1.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: April 10, 2020