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Automotive Industry: Employment, Earnings, and Hours

The automotive industry includes industries associated with the production, wholesaling, retailing, and maintenance of motor vehicles. This industry is not formally defined in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), but the Bureau of Labor Statistics is referring to a group of detailed industries as the "automotive industry" for purposes of analysis. This list is not exhaustive, but includes industries that can be directly impacted by changes in U.S. production and sales of motor vehicles. Below are definitions of these industries

National Employment

Employment -- Seasonally Adjusted

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data
One year ago:
Jul. 2021
May 2022 Jun. 2022 Jul. 2022 1-month change:
Jun. 2022 -
Jul. 2022
12-month change:
Jul. 2021 -
Jul. 2022

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

946.2 988.9 (p)989.5 (p)987.3 (p)-2.2 (p)41.1

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

1,942.9 1,967.5 (p)1,971.5 (p)1,974.2 (p)2.7 (p)31.3

Automobile dealers

1,224.1 1,235.7 (p)1,235.9 (p)1,234.6 (p)-1.3 (p)10.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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data
Annual average:
2021
May 2022 Jun. 2022 Jul. 2022 12-month changes:
Jun. 2021 -
Jun. 2022
Jul. 2021 -
Jul. 2022

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

957.7 988.4 (p)998.2 (p)973.9 (p)62.6 (p)40.2

Motor vehicles manufacturing

250.0 262.6 (p)267.3   (p)31.2  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

162.9 168.2 (p)168.7   (p)5.6  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

544.8 557.6 (p)562.2   (p)25.8  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

342.9 349.3 (p)351.1   (p)6.4  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

1,940.3 1,973.1 (p)1,985.3 (p)1,988.6 (p)29.3 (p)31.2

Automobile dealers

1,223.2 1,237.0 (p)1,240.3 (p)1,238.6 (p)11.6 (p)10.1

Other motor vehicle dealers

168.0 174.4 (p)179.8 (p)181.6 (p)1.4 (p)3.4

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

549.1 561.7 (p)565.2 (p)568.4 (p)16.3 (p)17.7

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

945.0 996.3 (p)1,005.9   (p)59.1  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Hourly Earnings

Average Hourly Earnings -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2021
May 2022 Jun. 2022 Jul. 2022 12-month change:
Jul. 2021 -
Jul. 2022

Average hourly earnings
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

$25.24 $26.71 (p)$26.90 (p)$26.76 (p)$1.79

Motor vehicles manufacturing

30.95 31.08 (p)31.23    

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

21.11 24.58 (p)24.47    

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

23.71 25.09 (p)25.38    

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

24.68 25.67 (p)25.95    

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

24.25 25.68 (p)25.70    

Automobile dealers

26.27 27.58 (p)27.80    

Other motor vehicle dealers

24.83 25.95 (p)26.13    

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

19.32 21.04 (p)20.76    

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

21.18 22.66 (p)22.71    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Weekly Hours

Average Weekly Hours -- Seasonally Adjusted

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One year ago:
Jul. 2021
May 2022 Jun. 2022 Jul. 2022 1-month change:
Jun. 2022 -
Jul. 2022

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

41.8 41.8 (p)41.7 (p)42.4 (p)0.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Average Weekly Hours -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2021
May 2022 Jun. 2022 Jul. 2022 12-month changes:
Jun. 2021 -
Jun. 2022
Jul. 2021 -
Jul. 2022

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

42.0 41.2 (p)41.0 (p)41.6 (p)0.3 (p)0.4

Motor vehicles manufacturing

42.0 42.8 (p)42.5   (p)2.2  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

40.2 37.4 (p)37.6   (p)-1.3  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

42.5 41.6 (p)41.3   (p)-0.2  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

37.8 38.5 (p)38.2   (p)0.2  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

36.8 37.6 (p)37.1   (p)0.0  

Automobile dealers

36.8 38.0 (p)37.1   (p)0.1  

Other motor vehicle dealers

34.9 35.9 (p)34.9   (p)-1.4  

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

37.2 37.1 (p)38.0   (p)0.6  

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

35.5 35.4 (p)35.2   (p)-0.7  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment in Selected States

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2021
Apr. 2022 May 2022 Jun. 2022 12-month change:
Jun. 2021 -
Jun. 2022

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

Motor vehicles manufacturing

Alabama

16.4 17.1 17.0 (p)17.0 (p)0.2

California

24.9 26.9 26.9 (p)27.4 (p)2.6

Kentucky

21.9 22.8 22.4 (p)23.1 (p)1.5

Michigan

41.5 44.3 43.6 (p)46.6 (p)6.7

Missouri

11.2 9.5 9.6 (p)9.8 (p)-1.8

Ohio

21.6 23.3 23.4 (p)23.3 (p)2.0

Texas

13.3 13.4 13.5 (p)13.7 (p)-0.2

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

Indiana

48.0 51.7 51.9 (p)51.9 (p)3.9

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

Alabama

24.2 24.4 24.4 (p)24.5 (p)0.9

California

         

Indiana

58.9 59.1 59.4 (p)59.9 (p)1.1

Kentucky

31.7 31.1 30.9 (p)31.7 (p)1.6

Michigan

121.4 124.1 123.3 (p)125.6 (p)6.7

Mississippi

5.5 5.7 5.7 (p)5.7 (p)0.3

New York

9.3 9.1 9.1 (p)8.9 (p)-0.6

Ohio

66.8 68.1 67.8 (p)67.1 (p)0.7

Wisconsin

         

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings )

 

About the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry includes industries associated with the production, wholesaling, retailing, and maintenance of motor vehicles. This industry is not formally defined in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), but the Bureau of Labor Statistics is referring to a group of detailed industries as the "automotive industry" for purposes of analysis. This list is not exhaustive, but includes industries that can be directly impacted by changes in U.S. production and sales of motor vehicles. Below are definitions of these industries. Current and historical data back to 1990 are available for these industries. Data provided are for establishments that are located in the United States; the data do not distinguish between domestic and foreign ownership. Employment data are for all employees; average hourly earnings and average weekly hours are for production and nonsupervisory workers.

Links to Definitions of Detailed Industries within Automotive Industry

Manufacturing

  • Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361,2,3)

Wholesale trade

  • Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers (NAICS 4231)

Retail trade

Other services

 

Data extracted on: August 10, 2022