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Industries at a Glance
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Professional and Business Services

About the Professional and Business Services supersector

The professional and business services supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The professional and business services supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in professional and business 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, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Aug.
2019
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

21,526 21,553 (p)21,596 (p)21,634

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

17,504 17,526 (p)17,557 (p)17,599

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

3.2% 3.2% 3.5% 3.6%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

1,331 (p)1,301    

Hires

1,181 (p)1,205    

Separations

1,201 (p)1,199    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Union Membership and Representation

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2015 2016 2017 2018

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

2.5% 2.4% 2.3% 2.6%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

3.3% 3.3% 2.8% 3.2%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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2nd quarter
2018
3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

Gross job gains

1,471 1,438 1,508 1,318

Gross job losses

1,374 1,368 1,352 1,318

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in professional and business services, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(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, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. This section also contains information on recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Aug.
2019
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$33.82 $33.90 (p)$34.03 (p)$34.16

Average weekly hours

36.2 36.1 (p)36.2 (p)36.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Aug.
2019
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$27.94 $28.03 (p)$28.18 (p)$28.25

Average weekly hours

35.6 35.4 (p)35.3 (p)35.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2015 2016 2017 2018

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$951 $992 $1,037 $1,094

Members of unions

$874 $887 $1,005 $888

Represented by unions

$906 $935 $1,016 $906

Nonunion

$953 $995 $1,038 $1,105

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employer Compensation Costs

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4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.5% 2.3% 2.7% 2.6%

Wages and salaries

2.9% 2.5% 3.0% 2.8%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

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 professional and business 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 2014 2015 2016 2017

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

448 491 561 545

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

1.3

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

0.7

Cases involving days away from work

0.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.2

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 and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in professional and business services.

Establishments

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3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,852,379 1,878,620 (p)1,879,769 (p)1,901,063

Local government

4,402 4,410 (p)4,436 (p)4,458

State government

1,030 1,025 (p)1,027 (p)1,030

Federal government

1,468 1,465 (p)1,459 (p)1,463

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

372 384 378  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

364 362 355  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: December 13, 2019