Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Covered Workers & Annual Pay - 2012 Annual Summary

Trade, Transportation & Utilities Industry Group

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry group includes the Wholesale Trade industry, the Retail Trade industry, the Transportation and Warehousing industry, and the Utilities industry. Businesses within this industry group sell or arrange the sale of goods and supplies and retail merchandise to the public, provide transportation of passengers or cargo, or generate and/or distribute electricity, gas or water.

South Dakota Covered Workers and Pay
Trade, Transportation & Utilities Industry Group
Industry Group, Industry and Subsector
Number of Establishments Average Number of Workers Annual Pay
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 8,072 82,036 $33,678
  Wholesale Trade 2,574 19,517 $51,372
   Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 928 8,607 $54,671
   Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 926 9,380 $44,596
   Electronic Markets and Agents and Broker 720 1,530 $74,352
  Retail Trade 4,016 51,051 $24,534
   Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 584 6,975 $41,910
   Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores 183 1,365 $29,248
   Electronics and Appliance Stores 220 1,630 $34,827
   Building Material and Garden Supply Store 396 5,160 $28,756
   Food and Beverage Stores 344 8,898 $17,301
   Health and Personal Care Stores 276 2,084 $30,257
  Gasoline Stations 616 5,908 $17,512
   Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores 339 2,565 $15,361
   Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book and Music Stores 207 2,093 $19,560
   General Merchandise Stores 182 10,019 $20,052
   Miscellaneous Store Retailers 491 2,926 $20,776
   Nonstore Retailers 178 1,428 $36,818
  Transportation and Warehousing 1,301 9,501 $39,050
   Air Transportation 28 210 $30,035
   Truck Transportation 912 5,090 $43,877
   Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 102 1,261 $17,507
   Pipeline Transportation 8 67 $95,340
   Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation 10 74 $19,504
   Support Activities for Transportation 122 794 $42,909
   Postal Service 16 36 $20,414
   Couriers and Messengers 64 1,286 $40,019
   Warehousing and Storage 39 683 $36,890
  Utilities 181 1,967 $69,501
   Utilities 181 1,967 $69,501
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Data subject to revision.
Produced by the Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Wholesale Trade
NAICS Sector 42

The Wholesale Trade sector comprises establishments engaged in wholesaling merchandise and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. Three subsectors form the Wholesale Trade sector:

  • Merchant Wholesale, Durable Goods (NAICS 423)
  • Merchant Wholesale, Nondurable Goods (NAICS 424)
  • Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (NAICS 425)

Not only did overall worker levels, establishments and average annual pay in the Wholesale Trade sector continue to climb in 2012, but the three major subsectors also grew across all three categories. With an increase of 541 workers, employment expanded by 2.9 percent in 2012. Annual pay for the industry rose by 5.0 percent ($2,437), along with adding 44 establishments.

The Merchant Wholesale, Durable Goods subsector rang up its sixth consecutive year of growth in all three categories with the addition of 14 establishments, 328 workers (up 4 percent) and increasing annual pay by 4.7 percent ($2,468). Businesses in this subsector sell capital or durable goods to other businesses. Durable goods are new or used items that have a normal life expectancy of three years or more. They include motor vehicles, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry, equipment, toys and construction materials.

After a miniscule decline in workers levels in 2011, the Merchant Wholesale, Nondurable Goods subsector turned around in 2012 with the addition of 183 workers (2.0 percent). With the addition of three establishments, this subsector added the fewest over the year in the Wholesale Trade sector. Annual pay increased by 5.2 percent ($2,192). Establishments in this industry sell nondurable goods to other businesses. Nondurable goods generally have a normal life expectancy of less than three years. They include paper and paper products, chemicals, drugs, petroleum, food, apparel and newspapers.

An increase of 27 establishments in 2012 meant the Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers subsector recouped more than half of its establishment losses from the previous year. This subsector also gained 30 workers (2.0 percent). Annual pay increased by 4.8 percent ($3,414). Brokers and agents in this subsector act on behalf of buyers or sellers in the wholesale distribution of durable or nondurable goods. Annual pay can be unpredictable because workers in this subsector arrange for the sale of goods owned by others, generally on a fee or commission basis.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Construction in 2011 and 2012

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Retail Trade
NAICS Sectors 44-45

The Retail Trade sector lost 49 establishments during 2012, for a total of 4,016, but gained 863 employees (1.7 percent). Average annual pay also increased, up 3.5 percent to $24,534.

Five of the 12 subsectors added establishments, but the increases were small. The Health and Personal Care Stores subsector (NAICS 446) topped the list with the addition of four establishments. The Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers (NAICS 444) lost the most, with 17 establishments. Despite this loss, the influx of 269 workers was the biggest numerical increase for the retail sector, equating to 5.5 percent increase. Annual pay rose by $450 (1.6 percent). Stores in this subsector retail new building material and garden equipment sold in home centers, hardware stores, paint stores, nurseries and garden centers.

Even with the highest increase in establishments for the retail sector, the Health and Personal Care Stores subsector was not as healthy as it has been in past years, due to a decline in worker levels. After several years of growth in all three areas, the subsector lost 115 workers, a 5.2 percent decrease. The diagnosis remained encouraging in other areas due to the establishment growth mentioned above and average annual pay increases of $1,544 (a 5.4 percent climb). Industries in the Health and Personal Care Stores subsector sell health and personal care merchandise from fixed point-of-sale retail locations. Pharmacies, drug stores, beauty supply stores, food (health) supplement stores and convalescent supply stores are some of the retailers in this subsector.

The Electronics and Appliance Stores (NAICS 443) subsector's average annual pay rose $2,472 (7.6 percent), which is the greatest increase for the retail subsectors. This sector, which sells new electronics and appliance merchandise from point-of-sale locations, added three establishments, but lost 72 workers (a 4.2 percent decline).

A trio of subsectors grew in all three areas:

The Nonstore Retailers subsector (NAICS 454) added two establishments. The addition of 120 employees equaled a 9.2 percentage jump in worker levels, the greatest percentage increase in the retail sector. Annual pay rose by $487, or 1.3 percent, the smallest increase by percentage. Nonstore Retailers sell merchandise using methods like infomercials, direct-response advertising, catalogs, door-to-door sales and in-home demonstrations. Establishments include vending machine operations, home delivery sales, party plan sales, street vending (excluding food), electronic shopping and mail order houses.

The Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores subsector (NAICS 451) scored an increase of one establishment and 40 workers (a 1.9 percent increase). Average annual pay rose by $787, or 4.2 percent.

The Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores subsector (NAICS 448) added one establishment and 79 employees (a 3.2 percent increase). Annual pay rose by 3.5 percent, up $516 from the previous year.

With the same total as in 2011, establishment numbers were stuck in neutral for the Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers subsector (NACIS 441) in 2012. However, the worker level increased by 250, which is the second highest increase by number and third highest percentage increase (3.7 percent). Average annual pay increased by $1,397 (3.4 percent). This subsector includes dealerships for new and used cars, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles as well as automotive parts and tire stores.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Retail Trade in 2011 and 2012

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Transportation and Warehousing
NAICS Sectors 48-49

After a year of positive strides in 2011, the Transportation and Warehousing sector reversed gears, experiencing a decrease of 46 establishments. However, worker levels and annual pay continued on an upward course in 2012, adding 40 (0.4 percent) workers and having average annual pay rise by $1,410 (3.7 percent).

The Transportation and Warehousing sector splits into several subsectors:

  • Each mode of transportation (i.e. air, rail, water, etc.)
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Establishments providing support activities for transportation
  • Establishments providing passenger transportation for scenic and sightseeing purposes
  • Postal services and courier services

After a slightly bumpy 2011, the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector (NAICS 485) had a smoother ride in 2012, thanks to increases in all three categories. Five establishments were added, worker levels rose by 20 (1.6 percent), and annual pay increased by $704 (4.2 percent). Activities in this subsector include a variety of passenger transportation options, such as urban transit systems, chartered buses, school buses, shuttle services and taxis

The Truck Transportation subsector (NAICS 484) inched forward with increased employment levels and annual pay, but establishment totals hit a rough patch. Worker levels were up slightly by 17 (0.3 percent) and annual pay increased 4.5 percent ($1,874). Establishments dropped by 29, the most for any subsector. This subsector, which provides over-the-road cargo transportation, includes both general and specialized freight transport. Each of these categories can also be split into local (which typically is a same-day return trip) and long distance.

The Couriers and Messengers subsector (NAICS 492) delivered an additional 28 workers in 2012. Annual pay increased by 2.7 percent (up $1,068), while establishment fell by 12. Couriers and Messengers provide intercity and/or local delivery of parcels and documents without operating under a universal service obligation. This includes express delivery services. The restriction to small parcels partly distinguishes these establishments from those in the transportation industries. Messengers, who usually deliver within a metropolitan or single urban area, may use bicycle, foot, small truck or van.

After showing improvement in all three categories in 2011, the Support Activities for Transportation subsector (NAICS 488) was unable to repeat this feat in 2012. The sector lost nine establishments and 25 workers (3.1 percent decrease). Annual pay increased by 5.6 percent, up by $2,278. These establishments provide services including air traffic control, motor vehicle towing and freight transportation arrangement.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Transportation and Warehousing in 2011 and 2012

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NAICS Sector 22

The Utilities sector is comprised of establishments engaged in the provision of the following utility services: electric power, natural gas, steam supply, water supply and sewage removal. Within this sector, the specific activities associated with the utility services provided vary by utility. Electric power includes generation, transmission and distribution. Natural gas includes distribution, and steam supply includes provision and/or distribution. Water supply includes treatment and distribution. Sewage removal includes collection, treatment and disposal of waste through sewer systems and sewage treatment facilities.

Worker levels in the Utilities sector decreased by 104 (5.0 percent) to 1,967 workers in 2012. The average annual wage over the year increased to $69,501, which is $2,467 (3.7 percent) more than 2011.
This sector is comprised of three industry groups.

The Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (NAICS 2211) subsector comprises approximately 78.8% of the employment in the Utilities sector. This industry group is comprised of establishments that are primarily engaged in generation, transmitting and/or distributing electric power. This industry group lost four establishments over the past year.

Natural Gas Distribution (NAICS 2212) is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in operating gas distribution systems such as mains and meters, and also establishments known as gas marketers that buy gas from the well and sell it to a distribution system.

Water, Sewage and Other Systems (NAICS 2213) sector is comprised of establishments engaged in the provision water treatment and distribution. Sewage removal includes collection, treatment and disposal of waste through sewer systems and sewage treatment facilities.

Although this sector has one of the smallest employment levels, it is the one of the highest-paying sectors in South Dakota, ranking second in 2012 annual pay among the 22 industries in South Dakota. From 2011 to 2012 this industry enjoyed the highest annual pay change, increasing the average salary by $2,467 (3.7 percent). The Management of Companies and Enterprises sector (NAICS 55) is the only industry that has greater annual pay.

In the past the Utilities industry has remained relatively stable in employment levels. The stability of this industry can be attributed to its higher than average salaries and low employee turnover. The turnover in this industry is mostly due to retirements; however, the overall number of establishments decreased in the past year.

Line graph comparing South Dakota covered worker levels in Utilities in 2011 and 2012

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