Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores: NAICS 448

About the Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores subsector

The clothing and clothing accessories stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores subsector retail new clothing and clothing accessories merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector have similar display equipment and staff that is knowledgeable regarding fashion trends and the proper match of styles, colors, and combinations of clothing and accessories to the characteristics and tastes of the customer.

North American Industry Classification System

The clothing and clothing accessories stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Clothing Stores: NAICS 4481
  • Shoe Stores: NAICS 4482
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores: NAICS 4483

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in clothing and clothing accessories stores. 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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Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017
Mar.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,340.8 1,362.5 (p)1,357.6 (p)1,351.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,235.1 1,117.2 (p)1,060.4  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Cashiers

63,680

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

158,210

Retail salespersons

975,760

Stock clerks and order fillers

58,010

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

7,880

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for clothing and clothing accessories stores.

(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 clothing and clothing accessories stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Nov.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$16.70 $16.35 $17.13 (p)$17.15

Average weekly hours

23.9 25.4 24.1 (p)24.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Nov.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$13.64 $13.39 $14.12 (p)$13.88

Average weekly hours

21.0 22.6 20.7 (p)21.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

9.77 10.26 20,320 21,350

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

18.35 20.23 38,170 42,070

Retail salespersons

10.07 11.75 20,940 24,440

Stock clerks and order fillers

10.31 11.25 21,450 23,410

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

13.85 15.06 28,810 31,330

(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 clothing and clothing accessories stores. 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 2012 2013 2014 2015

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

8 10 18 8

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

Data series 2015

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

Total recordable cases

2.1

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

0.8

Cases involving days away from work

0.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.3

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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Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017
Mar.
2017

Producer price index

(p)136.4 (p)131.5 (p)141.6 (p)140.9

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-2.6% (p)-3.6% (p)7.7% (p)-0.5%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in clothing and clothing accessories stores. 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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4th quarter
2015
1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

127,433 (p)127,188 (p)126,902 (p)126,836

Local government

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

State government

       

Federal government

3 (p)3 (p)3 (p)3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2012 2013 2014 2015

Labor productivity index, output per hour

105.721 114.336 116.796 120.639

Percent change from previous year

-0.7 8.1 2.2 3.3

Labor index, total labor hours

96.833 91.407 91.615 91.425

Percent change from previous year

2.9 -5.6 0.2 -0.2

Output index

102.373 104.511 107.003 110.295

Percent change from previous year

2.2 2.1 2.4 3.1

Unit labor costs index

95.607 94.134 94.860 93.176

Percent change from previous year

-0.1 -1.5 0.8 -1.8

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See clothing, accessory, and general merchandise stores in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 26, 2017