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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

Data series Back
data
One year ago:
Dec. 2018
Oct. 2019 Nov. 2019 Dec. 2019 1-month change:
Nov. 2019 -
Dec. 2019
12-month change:
Dec. 2018 -
Dec. 2019

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

1,005.1 948.4 (p)987.7 (p)986.9 (p)-0.8 (p)-18.2

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

2,033.8 2,065.1 (p)2,073.8 (p)2,076.7 (p)2.9 (p)42.9

Automobile dealers

1,304.9 1,308.7 (p)1,311.5 (p)1,314.9 (p)3.4 (p)10.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

Data series Back
data
Annual average:
2018
Oct. 2019 Nov. 2019 Dec. 2019 12-month changes:
Nov. 2018 -
Nov. 2019
Dec. 2018 -
Dec. 2019

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)991.4 946.6 (p)988.0 (p)990.4 (p)-16.0 (p)-18.0

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  214.1 (p)242.1   (p)2.2  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  163.6 (p)165.2   (p)0.4  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  568.9 (p)580.7   (p)-18.6  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  352.6 (p)350.5   (p)0.6  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

(p)2,054.0 2,069.2 (p)2,074.5 (p)2,070.4 (p)46.4 (p)44.3

Automobile dealers

(p)1,309.2 1,311.3 (p)1,311.5 (p)1,314.0 (p)9.1 (p)10.5

Other motor vehicle dealers

(p)160.1 161.2 (p)158.9 (p)155.8 (p)4.7 (p)3.4

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

(p)584.6 596.7 (p)604.1 (p)600.6 (p)32.6 (p)30.4

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  969.1 (p)965.2   (p)25.4  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Hourly Earnings

Average Hourly Earnings -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

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data
Annual average:
2018
Oct. 2019 Nov. 2019 Dec. 2019 12-month change:
Dec. 2018 -
Dec. 2019

Average hourly earnings
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)$23.49 $23.50 (p)$23.75 (p)$24.20 (p)$0.87

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  29.23 (p)29.72    

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  20.61 (p)20.59    

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  21.81 (p)21.72    

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  22.34 (p)22.61    

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

  20.83 (p)20.97    

Automobile dealers

  22.47 (p)22.81    

Other motor vehicle dealers

  20.31 (p)19.31    

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

  17.27 (p)17.24    

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  19.99 (p)20.13    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

National Average Weekly Hours

Average Weekly Hours -- Seasonally Adjusted

Data series Back
data
One year ago:
Dec. 2018
Oct. 2019 Nov. 2019 Dec. 2019 1-month change:
Nov. 2019 -
Dec. 2019

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

45.0 43.0 (p)43.4 (p)43.5 (p)0.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Average Weekly Hours -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

Data series Back
data
Annual average:
2018
Oct. 2019 Nov. 2019 Dec. 2019 12-month changes:
Nov. 2018 -
Nov. 2019
Dec. 2018 -
Dec. 2019

Average weekly hours
(of production and nonsupervisory workers)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

(p)43.5 43.0 (p)44.1 (p)44.8 (p)-1.2 (p)-1.3

Motor vehicles manufacturing

  46.1 (p)46.9   (p)-0.5  

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

  40.1 (p)41.1   (p)-0.2  

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

  42.6 (p)43.7   (p)-1.8  

Wholesale Trade

Motor vehicle and parts wholesalers

  37.5 (p)37.9   (p)0.0  

Retail Trade

Motor vehicle and parts dealers

  37.1 (p)37.1   (p)0.3  

Automobile dealers

  37.1 (p)37.2   (p)0.3  

Other motor vehicle dealers

  35.8 (p)35.0   (p)1.0  

Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores

  37.6 (p)37.4   (p)0.3  

Other Services

Automotive repair and maintenance

  35.1 (p)35.5   (p)0.0  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

 

Employment in Selected States

Employment -- Not Seasonally Adjusted

Data series Back
data
Annual average:
2018
Sep. 2019 Oct. 2019 Nov. 2019 12-month change:
Nov. 2018 -
Nov. 2019

Employment
(all employees, in thousands)

Manufacturing

Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing

Motor vehicles manufacturing

Alabama

13.5 14.6 14.6 (p)14.6 (p)1.1

California

18.5 19.8 19.9 (p)19.9 (p)0.5

Kentucky

22.7 23.1 22.5 (p)23.1 (p)0.2

Michigan

40.2 41.1 32.0 (p)42.1 (p)0.6

Missouri

11.5 10.7 8.5 (p)10.2 (p)-2.1

Ohio

21.5 19.0 18.4 (p)18.7 (p)-2.7

Texas

12.0 12.5 9.6 (p)12.7 (p)0.4

Motor vehicle bodies and trailers

Indiana

43.9 39.8 39.5 (p)39.9 (p)-3.2

Motor vehicle parts manufacturing

Alabama

25.5 25.9 25.6 (p)25.9 (p)0.2

California

         

Indiana

64.8 64.7 63.8 (p)64.1 (p)-1.2

Kentucky

36.9 37.3 37.0 (p)37.3 (p)0.6

Michigan

135.6 133.8 122.8 (p)133.5 (p)-5.3

Mississippi

6.1 6.5 6.6 (p)6.6 (p)0.4

New York

10.8 10.6 8.7 (p)10.7 (p)-0.2

Ohio

76.4 77.1 75.7 (p)77.3 (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: January 17, 2020