Metal Manufacturing Employment

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Latest Data: 2022
Frequency: Annual
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Metal Manufacturing Employment shows the annual average employment numbers in the metal manufacturing industry across the 50 states.  The data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.

The QCEW data files contain links to data classified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  The data given here is for Primary Metal Manufacturing, which is described as follows under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS):

"Industries in the Primary Metal Manufacturing subsector smelt and/or refine ferrous and nonferrous metals from ore, pig or scrap, using electrometallurgical and other process metallurgical techniques. Establishments in this subsector also manufacture metal alloys and superalloys by introducing other chemical elements to pure metals. The output of smelting and refining, usually in ingot form, is used in rolling, drawing, and extruding operations to make sheet, strip, bar, rod, or wire, and in molten form to make castings and other basic metal products."

The data here is the average annual number of workers in all these industry groups under the NAICS 331 classification:

  • Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing: NAICS 3311
  • Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel: NAICS 3312
  • Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing: NAICS 3313
  • Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing: NAICS 3314
  • Foundries: NAICS 3315

For more information about this data classification, see Primary Metal Manufacturing: NAICS 331.