General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 452

About the General Merchandise Stores subsector

The general merchandise stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the General Merchandise Stores subsector retail new general merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector are unique in that they have the equipment and staff capable of retailing a large variety of goods from a single location. This includes a variety of display equipment and staff trained to provide information on many lines of products.

North American Industry Classification System

The general merchandise stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Department Stores: NAICS 4521
  • Other General Merchandise Stores: NAICS 4529

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in general merchandise 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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Mar.
2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

3,116.4 3,126.6 (p)3,124.0 (p)3,136.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

2,792.7 2,804.1 (p)2,801.4  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Cashiers

698,810

Customer service representatives

74,230

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

235,420

Retail salespersons

891,750

Stock clerks and order fillers

551,360

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Feb.
2017
Mar.
2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017

Average hourly earnings

$15.37 $15.39 $15.49 (p)$15.85

Average weekly hours

28.2 28.9 30.0 (p)29.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Feb.
2017
Mar.
2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017

Average hourly earnings

$12.72 $12.73 $12.79 (p)$12.85

Average weekly hours

28.8 29.3 30.1 (p)30.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Cashiers

9.50 10.25 19,760 21,310

Customer service representatives

11.53 12.78 23,990 26,590

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

17.93 19.58 37,300 40,730

Retail salespersons

10.16 11.30 21,130 23,510

Stock clerks and order fillers

10.74 11.72 22,340 24,370

(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 general merchandise 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

23 21 9 18

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

4.5

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

2.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

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.

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Mar.
2017
Apr.
2017
May
2017
Jun.
2017

Producer price index

(p)126.6 (p)127.5 (p)127.5 (p)124.4

Percent change from previous month

  (p)1.9% (p)0.7% (p)0.0% (p)-2.4%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in general merchandise 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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1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)61,647 (p)61,828 (p)62,113 (p)62,455

Local government

(p)4 (p)4 (p)4 (p)4

Federal government

(p)292 (p)290 (p)291 (p)290

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2013 2014 2015 2016

Labor productivity index, output per hour

108.076 111.526 114.043  

Percent change from previous year

5.5 3.2 2.3  

Labor index, total labor hours

101.040 100.559 101.161 101.564

Percent change from previous year

-3.3 -0.5 0.6 0.4

Output index

109.201 112.149 115.366  

Percent change from previous year

2.0 2.7 2.9  

Unit labor costs index

102.084 102.444 102.640  

Percent change from previous year

-1.7 0.4 0.2  

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 26, 2017