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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One year ago:
Aug. 2017
Jun. 2018 Jul. 2018 Aug. 2018 1-month change:
Jul. 2018 -
Aug. 2018
12-month change:
Aug. 2017 -
Aug. 2018

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

954.5 960.0 (p)956.5 (p)951.6 (p)-4.9 (p)-2.9

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

2,008.9 2,030.8 (p)2,034.3 (p)2,038.7 (p)4.4 (p)29.8

Automobile dealers

1,296.7 1,308.3 (p)1,309.4 (p)1,311.5 (p)2.1 (p)14.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Jun. 2018 Jul. 2018 Aug. 2018 12-month changes:
Jul. 2017 -
Jul. 2018
Aug. 2017 -
Aug. 2018

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

952.5 967.2 (p)942.0 (p)951.4 (p)25.1 (p)-4.9

Motor vehicles manufacturing

212.0 212.2 (p)199.9   (p)9.3  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

154.2 165.2 (p)164.3   (p)10.3  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

586.3 589.8 (p)577.8   (p)5.5  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

337.5 338.7 (p)340.8   (p)1.1  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

2,008.3 2,043.8 (p)2,049.6 (p)2,051.7 (p)24.4 (p)29.0

Automobile dealers

1,296.2 1,311.4 (p)1,314.1 (p)1,315.3 (p)11.6 (p)13.9

Other motor vehicle dealers

155.3 165.2 (p)164.6 (p)163.2 (p)-1.9 (p)-0.5

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

556.8 567.2 (p)570.9 (p)573.2 (p)14.7 (p)15.6

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

923.3 935.6 (p)929.8   (p)4.1  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Hourly Earnings

Average Hourly Earnings -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Jun. 2018 Jul. 2018 Aug. 2018 12-month change:
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Aug. 2018

Average hourly earnings
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

$21.68 $22.42 (p)$22.20 (p)$22.34 (p)$0.71

Motor vehicles manufacturing

29.08 29.62 (p)29.58    

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

18.07 18.70 (p)18.95    

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

19.84 20.75 (p)20.48    

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

20.70 21.45 (p)21.32    

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

19.22 20.21 (p)20.43    

Automobile dealers

20.64 21.75 (p)22.05    

Other motor vehicle dealers

18.73 19.78 (p)19.97    

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

15.85 16.54 (p)16.58    

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

18.74 19.42 (p)19.40    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Weekly Hours

Average Weekly Hours -- Seasonally Adjusted

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One year ago:
Aug. 2017
Jun. 2018 Jul. 2018 Aug. 2018 1-month change:
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Aug. 2018

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

44.0 44.6 (p)44.9 (p)44.9 (p)0.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Average Weekly Hours -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
Jun. 2018 Jul. 2018 Aug. 2018 12-month changes:
Jul. 2017 -
Jul. 2018
Aug. 2017 -
Aug. 2018

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

44.0 44.8 (p)43.4 (p)44.8 (p)1.2 (p)0.8

Motor vehicles manufacturing

44.7 45.5 (p)44.4   (p)1.6  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

41.6 43.3 (p)43.7   (p)2.1  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

44.4 45.0 (p)43.0   (p)0.9  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

38.2 38.1 (p)37.8   (p)-0.4  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

37.0 37.0 (p)37.5   (p)0.0  

Automobile dealers

37.2 37.2 (p)37.8   (p)0.2  

Other motor vehicle dealers

35.2 34.8 (p)34.9   (p)-0.2  

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

37.1 37.0 (p)37.5   (p)-0.4  

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

36.0 35.6 (p)35.6   (p)-0.8  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment in Selected States

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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Annual average:
2017
May 2018 Jun. 2018 Jul. 2018 12-month change:
Jul. 2017 -
Jul. 2018

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

Motor vehicles manufacturing

Alabama

13.2 13.2 13.3 (p)13.3 (p)0.0

California

13.2 15.5 15.7 (p)15.7 (p)1.7

Kentucky

22.9 21.9 24.6 (p)24.6 (p)1.4

Michigan

39.8 39.0 39.3 (p)36.5 (p)1.9

Missouri

12.7 11.1 13.9 (p)13.9 (p)1.5

Ohio

19.6 18.9 19.2 (p)18.7 (p)1.5

Texas

11.3 11.8 11.8 (p)11.8 (p)0.3

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

Indiana

41.6 45.8 46.2 (p)45.9 (p)4.4

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

Alabama

25.9 25.1 25.1 (p)24.8 (p)-0.8

California

         

Indiana

63.1 65.2 66.0 (p)66.2 (p)3.3

Kentucky

37.0 36.8 36.8 (p)36.3 (p)0.2

Michigan

131.4 132.7 133.4 (p)129.8 (p)3.7

Mississippi

6.0 5.8 5.8 (p)5.7 (p)-0.3

New York

10.7 10.5 10.6 (p)10.3 (p)-0.1

Ohio

75.3 75.2 75.5 (p)74.3 (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: September 14, 2018