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Administrative and Support Services: NAICS 561

About the Administrative and Support Services subsector

The administrative and support services subsector is part of the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector.

Industries in the Administrative and Support Services subsector group establishments engaged in activities that support the day-to-day operations of other organizations. The processes employed in this sector (e.g., general management, personnel administration, clerical activities, cleaning activities) are often integral parts of the activities of establishments found in all sectors of the economy. The establishments classified in this subsector have specialization in one or more of these activities and can, therefore, provide services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. The individual industries of this subsector are defined on the basis of the particular process that they are engaged in and the particular services they provide.

North American Industry Classification System

The administrative and support services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Office Administrative Services: NAICS 5611
  • Facilities Support Services: NAICS 5612
  • Employment Services: NAICS 5613
  • Business Support Services: NAICS 5614
  • Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services: NAICS 5615
  • Investigation and Security Services: NAICS 5616
  • Services to Buildings and Dwellings: NAICS 5617
  • Other Support Services: NAICS 5619

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in administrative and support services. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

Data series Back
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Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

8,322.2 8,383.9 (p)8,397.9 (p)8,441.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

7,378.5 7,465.6 (p)7,519.7  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

9.2% 8.7% 8.4% 8.3%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

25,040

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

895,920

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

568,460

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

574,310

Office clerks, general

229,010

Security guards

683,560

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for administrative and support services.

(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 administrative and support services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

Data series Back
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Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$23.47 $23.78 $24.06 (p)$24.41

Average weekly hours

35.5 35.1 35.5 (p)34.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$21.31 $21.46 $21.63 (p)$22.11

Average weekly hours

35.6 35.2 35.6 (p)34.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

28.97 30.13 60,260 62,680

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

13.23 14.24 27,510 29,620

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

13.57 14.53 28,220 30,220

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

15.44 16.26 32,120 33,810

Office clerks, general

15.80 17.20 32,870 35,770

Security guards

14.42 15.63 30,000 32,520

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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 administrative and support services. 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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

381 402 413 432

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

Data series 2020

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

Total recordable cases

1.9

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

1.2

Cases involving days away from work

0.8

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.4

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in administrative and support services.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

550,285 555,914 564,244 (p)566,528

Local government

2,241 2,245 2,247 (p)2,254

State government

533 531 533 (p)529

Federal government

137 137 137 (p)136

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: November 23, 2021