Numbers of Production Occupations in National

Occupation group

Production Occupations

Year Number
2001 11,270,210
2002 10,726,670
2003 10,488,450
2004 10,128,200
2005 10,249,220
2006 10,268,510
2007 10,146,560
2008 9,919,120
2009 8,927,130
2010 8,236,340
2011 8,365,980
2012 8,594,170
2013 8,765,180
2014 8,934,050
2015 9,073,290
2016 9,105,650
2017 9,024,560
2018 9,115,530

Individual occupations

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

Year Number
2001 733,410
2002 700,490
2003 705,270
2004 696,750
2005 679,930
2006 676,640
2007 666,850
2008 658,500
2009 605,560
2010 555,260
2011 559,350
2012 568,820
2013 580,620
2014 592,830
2015 603,080
2016 610,480
2017 611,800
2018 622,790

Assemblers and Fabricators

Year Number
2012 1,718,700
2013 1,757,500
2014 1,810,560
2015 1,800,410
2016 1,798,860
2017 1,759,720
2018 1,831,200

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Year Number
2001 33,620
2002 25,690
2003 26,150
2004 18,710
2005 22,820
2006 27,680
2007 34,410
2008 43,330
2009 39,870
2010 36,320
2011 36,570
2012 41,180
2013 42,810
2014 40,630
2015 42,810
2016 42,010
2017 41,130
2018 43,150

Electrical, Electronics, and Electromechanical Assemblers

Year Number
2012 261,780
2013 267,950
2014 269,250
2015 273,030
2016 278,150
2017 276,340
2018 287,630

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Year Number
2001 43,900
2002 34,710
2003 33,590
2004 27,360
2005 23,190
2006 22,560
2007 22,300
2008 22,160
2009 18,730
2010 14,930
2011 13,670
2012 14,300
2013 14,590
2014 14,930
2015 14,450
2016 14,090
2017 13,300
2018 12,190

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

Year Number
2001 302,530
2002 267,030
2003 245,700
2004 217,360
2005 207,270
2006 211,460
2007 216,470
2008 215,230
2009 193,570
2010 180,440
2011 187,920
2012 197,500
2013 203,880
2014 207,330
2015 212,170
2016 218,530

Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

Year Number
2001 63,930
2002 57,500
2003 54,690
2004 51,370
2005 57,200
2006 59,760
2007 64,570
2008 62,310
2009 56,460
2010 48,980
2011 50,320
2012 49,990
2013 49,480
2014 46,990
2015 46,400
2016 45,540

Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

Year Number
2001 55,820
2002 49,280
2003 50,410
2004 45,730
2005 49,430
2006 45,120
2007 41,100
2008 39,270
2009 34,080
2010 33,310
2011 36,670
2012 40,750
2013 39,620
2014 38,330
2015 38,700
2016 38,150
2017 37,770
2018 48,200

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Year Number
2001 90,480
2002 87,020
2003 85,330
2004 86,240
2005 93,490
2006 99,680
2007 107,830
2008 111,620
2009 96,870
2010 79,540
2011 76,050
2012 78,340
2013 77,860
2014 78,050
2015 79,620
2016 77,270
2017 77,600
2018 76,090

Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators

Year Number
2012 1,296,650
2013 1,329,260
2014 1,384,290
2015 1,366,250
2016 1,363,280
2017 1,326,870
2018 1,376,130

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Year Number
2001 41,520
2002 36,470
2003 31,820
2004 30,250
2005 30,560
2006 32,510
2007 31,810
2008 30,890
2009 22,360
2010 19,060
2011 19,070
2012 17,580
2013 18,800
2014 18,770
2015 20,630
2016 19,400
2017 20,040
2018 21,190

Team Assemblers

Year Number
2001 1,189,840
2002 1,139,360
2003 1,138,100
2004 1,208,270
2005 1,242,370
2006 1,250,120
2007 1,167,150
2008 1,131,060
2009 997,390
2010 928,170
2011 952,300
2012 1,006,980
2013 1,058,100
2014 1,125,160
2015 1,115,510
2016 1,112,780

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

Year Number
2001 8,550
2002 6,230
2003 5,280
2004 3,150
2005 2,460
2006 2,460
2007 2,710
2008 2,700
2009 2,260
2010 1,560
2011 1,000
2012 1,140
2013 1,460
2014 1,650
2015 1,190
2016 790
2017 680
2018 780

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

Year Number
2004 259,830
2005 258,240
2006 288,370
2007 330,940
2008 318,060
2009 267,780
2010 248,090
2011 265,260
2012 270,950
2013 250,900
2014 238,720
2015 228,930
2016 230,310

Food Processing Workers

Year Number
2012 720,970
2013 753,020
2014 767,460
2015 783,650
2016 793,100
2017 795,240
2018 801,770

Bakers

Year Number
2001 154,410
2002 161,820
2003 157,110
2004 150,900
2005 144,110
2006 139,700
2007 141,560
2008 141,130
2009 140,510
2010 140,790
2011 149,910
2012 157,230
2013 165,270
2014 173,730
2015 176,610
2016 180,450
2017 182,890
2018 180,010

Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers

Year Number
2012 372,060
2013 381,890
2014 373,440
2015 372,980
2016 364,460
2017 362,380
2018 365,660

Butchers and Meat Cutters

Year Number
2001 135,630
2002 129,840
2003 132,370
2004 131,490
2005 128,660
2006 128,350
2007 128,510
2008 128,210
2009 125,510
2010 125,910
2011 130,720
2012 134,210
2013 138,900
2014 137,050
2015 137,350
2016 133,880
2017 131,530
2018 133,670

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Year Number
2001 156,670
2002 150,920
2003 150,440
2004 137,370
2005 136,690
2006 139,830
2007 150,190
2008 166,150
2009 168,700
2010 163,080
2011 164,650
2012 158,480
2013 160,920
2014 150,310
2015 155,390
2016 149,800
2017 153,280
2018 156,440

Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Year Number
2001 117,490
2002 126,460
2003 122,490
2004 134,140
2005 132,000
2006 118,610
2007 110,020
2008 97,000
2009 97,530
2010 88,500
2011 80,110
2012 79,370
2013 82,070
2014 86,070
2015 80,250
2016 80,780
2017 77,570
2018 75,550

Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers

Year Number
2012 191,690
2013 205,860
2014 220,290
2015 234,060
2016 248,200
2017 249,970
2018 256,100

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 18,720
2002 19,180
2003 17,800
2004 18,110
2005 18,160
2006 18,510
2007 18,130
2008 17,870
2009 16,260
2010 18,710
2011 18,890
2012 20,350
2013 18,750
2014 18,890
2015 20,320
2016 20,080
2017 21,130
2018 21,060

Food Batchmakers

Year Number
2001 70,540
2002 71,930
2003 74,650
2004 85,010
2005 89,400
2006 92,590
2007 99,650
2008 99,170
2009 100,190
2010 97,220
2011 100,210
2012 100,520
2013 109,660
2014 120,850
2015 133,470
2016 148,540
2017 151,950
2018 160,160

Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 34,910
2002 34,140
2003 34,480
2004 41,810
2005 43,100
2006 44,060
2007 41,790
2008 39,300
2009 37,060
2010 32,220
2011 31,020
2012 33,250
2013 34,040
2014 36,850
2015 34,640
2016 36,520
2017 33,340
2018 32,260

Food Processing Workers, All Other

Year Number
2004 299,950
2005 296,340
2006 288,470
2007 288,480
2008 280,160
2009 239,550
2012 37,570
2013 43,400
2014 43,690
2015 45,630
2016 43,070
2017 43,540
2018 42,620

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers

Year Number
2012 1,837,280
2013 1,887,930
2014 1,918,310
2015 1,945,220
2016 1,924,170
2017 1,895,150
2018 1,940,370

Computer Control Programmers and Operators

Year Number
2012 162,860
2013 164,270
2014 172,990
2015 172,260
2016 171,370
2017 168,450
2018 171,920

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 140,540
2002 128,400
2003 126,150
2004 124,330
2005 136,490
2006 139,580
2007 140,380
2008 143,030
2009 129,780
2010 123,600
2011 128,870
2012 138,870
2013 139,930
2014 148,040
2015 146,600
2016 146,190
2017 144,660
2018 148,150

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 20,800
2002 18,910
2003 17,820
2004 17,310
2005 17,860
2006 17,800
2007 17,280
2008 16,990
2009 15,480
2010 16,360
2011 20,370
2012 23,990
2013 24,340
2014 24,960
2015 25,660
2016 25,180
2017 23,790
2018 23,770

Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2012 132,800
2013 128,250
2014 127,240
2015 123,780
2016 120,170
2017 117,450
2018 120,630

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 102,320
2002 96,270
2003 93,600
2004 88,980
2005 87,290
2006 93,810
2007 95,330
2008 92,160
2009 81,610
2010 76,260
2011 75,170
2012 74,490
2013 73,140
2014 72,520
2015 72,390
2016 71,960
2017 73,530
2018 75,610

Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 49,760
2002 44,920
2003 41,230
2004 37,890
2005 33,850
2006 31,050
2007 30,130
2008 28,800
2009 24,590
2010 22,110
2011 21,790
2012 22,270
2013 22,570
2014 21,340
2015 19,650
2016 19,160
2017 18,300
2018 18,330

Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 45,090
2002 42,270
2003 42,090
2004 37,210
2005 37,500
2006 34,710
2007 37,950
2008 34,970
2009 32,880
2010 31,900
2011 35,180
2012 36,040
2013 32,550
2014 33,370
2015 31,740
2016 29,060
2017 25,610
2018 26,700

Machine Tool Cutting Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2012 333,520
2013 344,000
2014 342,520
2015 342,970
2016 331,110
2017 321,590
2018 318,860

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 296,070
2002 277,410
2003 260,560
2004 248,800
2005 265,480
2006 269,640
2007 254,160
2008 242,970
2009 209,730
2010 182,170
2011 181,160
2012 182,570
2013 187,640
2014 190,250
2015 194,670
2016 192,800
2017 188,520
2018 186,640

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 58,060
2002 51,730
2003 48,730
2004 41,940
2005 43,180
2006 42,480
2007 37,680
2008 33,550
2009 28,140
2010 22,390
2011 21,560
2012 20,660
2013 19,880
2014 17,470
2015 14,840
2016 12,290
2017 11,030
2018 11,400

Grinding/Lapping/Polishing/Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Pla

Year Number
2001 107,300
2002 99,580
2003 97,660
2004 98,770
2005 101,530
2006 100,010
2007 96,730
2008 91,990
2009 81,740
2010 70,120
2011 70,450
2012 69,510
2013 70,910
2014 70,130
2015 73,570
2016 74,600
2017 74,600
2018 71,870

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 75,650
2002 72,270
2003 70,300
2004 70,230
2005 71,410
2006 65,840
2007 61,140
2008 56,500
2009 51,260
2010 40,970
2011 39,930
2012 37,920
2013 41,730
2014 42,570
2015 40,140
2016 33,850
2017 29,620
2018 29,510

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 32,680
2002 30,340
2003 28,580
2004 30,280
2005 29,140
2006 29,040
2007 26,430
2008 26,220
2009 23,770
2010 20,520
2011 21,700
2012 22,840
2013 23,850
2014 22,110
2015 19,750
2016 17,560
2017 17,820
2018 19,440

Machinists

Year Number
2001 390,090
2002 368,320
2003 368,740
2004 361,280
2005 368,380
2006 385,690
2007 410,900
2008 419,070
2009 380,720
2010 352,650
2011 368,510
2012 388,370
2013 391,130
2014 392,700
2015 399,040
2016 391,120
2017 378,320
2018 384,350

Metal Furnace Operators, Tenders, Pourers, and Casters

Year Number
2012 31,140
2013 32,250
2014 30,540
2015 29,700
2016 26,300
2017 25,210
2018 25,520

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 19,060
2002 17,120
2003 17,810
2004 17,150
2005 17,960
2006 18,430
2007 19,180
2008 19,280
2009 16,960
2010 15,210
2011 18,050
2012 20,520
2013 21,930
2014 20,850
2015 20,070
2016 17,730
2017 17,610
2018 17,670

Pourers and Casters, Metal

Year Number
2001 14,580
2002 12,900
2003 12,770
2004 13,670
2005 14,340
2006 14,880
2007 15,470
2008 15,320
2009 13,090
2010 11,190
2011 11,070
2012 10,620
2013 10,320
2014 9,690
2015 9,630
2016 8,560
2017 7,600
2018 7,850

Model Makers and Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2012 9,830
2013 10,360
2014 9,910
2015 10,400
2016 9,680
2017 9,010
2018 8,090

Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 8,990
2002 8,360
2003 7,900
2004 8,030
2005 8,120
2006 8,370
2007 9,270
2008 8,990
2009 7,710
2010 6,000
2011 5,780
2012 5,700
2013 6,200
2014 6,140
2015 6,380
2016 6,250
2017 5,820
2018 5,210

Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 6,840
2002 6,300
2003 6,090
2004 5,930
2005 6,850
2006 7,070
2007 7,250
2008 6,220
2009 5,220
2010 4,390
2011 4,290
2012 4,130
2013 4,160
2014 3,770
2015 4,020
2016 3,420
2017 3,200
2018 2,880

Molders and Molding Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2012 136,950
2013 137,910
2014 140,410
2015 148,410
2016 158,370
2017 168,820
2018 179,710

Foundry Mold and Coremakers

Year Number
2001 26,170
2002 21,960
2003 20,770
2004 17,320
2005 15,890
2006 14,460
2007 15,000
2008 15,240
2009 13,550
2010 10,040
2011 11,680
2012 12,510
2013 13,100
2014 11,870
2015 12,860
2016 12,810
2017 13,960
2018 15,600

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 149,000
2002 147,060
2003 144,140
2004 156,480
2005 157,080
2006 155,670
2007 147,850
2008 145,760
2009 126,840
2010 114,760
2011 118,300
2012 124,440
2013 124,810
2014 128,540
2015 135,550
2016 145,560
2017 154,860
2018 164,110

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 101,500
2002 96,560
2003 100,320
2004 97,060
2005 98,120
2006 96,480
2007 91,090
2008 87,800
2009 76,130
2010 69,330
2011 77,290
2012 85,110
2013 93,100
2014 98,160
2015 105,570
2016 117,300
2017 121,160
2018 133,840

Tool and Die Makers

Year Number
2001 112,960
2002 105,210
2003 104,210
2004 99,390
2005 99,680
2006 96,960
2007 92,560
2008 85,610
2009 73,640
2010 66,530
2011 70,320
2012 76,430
2013 78,700
2014 75,950
2015 74,510
2016 72,210
2017 73,510
2018 72,700

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers

Year Number
2012 379,140
2013 403,100
2014 424,960
2015 439,320
2016 429,650
2017 416,000
2018 424,270

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Year Number
2001 382,400
2002 361,970
2003 354,300
2004 344,970
2005 358,050
2006 376,630
2007 385,740
2008 392,520
2009 357,740
2010 314,260
2011 316,290
2012 329,710
2013 352,250
2014 369,610
2015 386,240
2016 382,730
2017 377,250
2018 389,190

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 60,810
2002 56,280
2003 53,750
2004 47,210
2005 45,220
2006 48,770
2007 50,820
2008 51,840
2009 41,580
2010 38,530
2011 40,350
2012 49,430
2013 50,860
2014 55,360
2015 53,080
2016 46,920
2017 38,750
2018 35,080

Miscellaneous Metal Workers and Plastic Workers

Year Number
2012 101,120
2013 104,850
2014 102,920
2015 99,270
2016 96,910
2017 95,620
2018 100,470

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 32,490
2002 28,410
2003 27,290
2004 25,690
2005 26,310
2006 27,050
2007 25,500
2008 23,630
2009 20,420
2010 18,300
2011 20,770
2012 21,760
2013 21,500
2014 20,980
2015 20,570
2016 19,780
2017 19,340
2018 19,690

Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 14,100
2002 12,490
2003 12,540
2004 11,240
2005 10,970
2006 9,960
2007 9,190
2008 8,340
2009 9,020
2010 8,770
2011 9,600
2012 12,380
2013 13,420
2014 13,070
2015 10,660
2016 9,070
2017 8,550
2018 8,170

Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 45,940
2002 41,580
2003 40,800
2004 38,620
2005 40,550
2006 41,500
2007 41,370
2008 40,300
2009 34,310
2010 30,580
2011 31,150
2012 34,420
2013 36,120
2014 35,900
2015 35,640
2016 35,570
2017 37,200
2018 40,070

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Year Number
2001 25,410
2002 22,700
2003 22,320
2004 19,750
2005 18,180
2006 17,620
2007 17,240
2008 16,410
2009 13,740
2010 11,930
2011 11,860
2012 11,950
2013 11,540
2014 10,860
2015 10,220
2016 9,550
2017 8,060
2018 7,070

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

Year Number
2004 53,050
2005 49,650
2006 47,760
2007 47,100
2008 43,690
2009 35,190
2010 24,150
2011 21,720
2012 20,620
2013 22,270
2014 22,100
2015 22,190
2016 22,930
2017 22,470
2018 25,470

Printing Workers

Year Number
2012 267,390
2013 256,620
2014 254,360
2015 256,040
2016 255,980
2017 251,310
2018 249,140

Prepress Technicians and Workers

Year Number
2001 96,580
2002 89,370
2003 82,970
2004 76,190
2005 72,050
2006 70,890
2007 65,540
2008 61,170
2009 53,710
2010 48,070
2011 43,430
2012 41,420
2013 38,000
2014 36,180
2015 35,330
2016 33,340
2017 31,500
2018 29,990

Printing Press Operators

Year Number
2001 198,710
2002 189,590
2003 189,900
2004 184,230
2005 192,520
2006 191,610
2007 199,790
2008 193,510
2009 174,720
2010 191,130
2011 179,220
2012 173,010
2013 166,620
2014 166,750
2015 168,330
2016 169,910
2017 171,130
2018 173,470

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

Year Number
2001 155,950
2002 144,990
2003 143,180
2004 137,170
2005 64330 7660 50580
2006 63700 7120 46200
2007 112,540
2008 109,350
2009 99,480
2010 54,230
2011 53,980
2012 52,960
2013 52,000
2014 51,430
2015 52,380
2016 52,730
2017 48,680
2018 45,690

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers

Year Number
2012 575,080
2013 573,650
2014 574,440
2015 578,100
2016 582,470
2017 572,630
2018 574,130

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Year Number
2001 214,520
2002 213,840
2003 217,820
2004 218,610
2005 218,360
2006 217,580
2007 218,060
2008 221,230
2009 211,490
2010 204,820
2011 201,180
2012 198,750
2013 197,650
2014 199,330
2015 201,620
2016 207,710
2017 209,350
2018 213,350

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

Year Number
2001 92,730
2002 87,130
2003 87,500
2004 80,520
2005 78,620
2006 75,150
2007 69,260
2008 67,500
2009 60,440
2010 56,600
2011 52,790
2012 52,850
2013 51,520
2014 50,150
2015 48,340
2016 45,150
2017 42,830
2018 38,320

Sewing Machine Operators

Year Number
2001 308,380
2002 277,800
2003 265,200
2004 242,500
2005 233,130
2006 219,080
2007 200,340
2008 190,440
2009 165,680
2010 147,030
2011 142,860
2012 142,380
2013 143,370
2014 142,070
2015 141,520
2016 139,500
2017 136,530
2018 136,450

Shoe and Leather Workers

Year Number
2012 9,180
2013 10,760
2014 11,260
2015 11,410
2016 11,280
2017 10,680
2018 12,450

Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Year Number
2001 9,970
2002 9,860
2003 8,090
2004 7,840
2005 7,680
2006 7,450
2007 7,880
2008 8,170
2009 7,190
2010 6,010
2011 5,360
2012 5,750
2013 6,460
2014 7,710
2015 8,180
2016 7,780
2017 7,180
2018 8,640

Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 6,440
2002 6,320
2003 6,020
2004 4,530
2005 3,850
2006 4,080
2007 4,130
2008 4,910
2009 3,990
2010 3,180
2011 3,510
2012 3,420
2013 4,300
2014 3,550
2015 3,230
2016 3,500
2017 3,500
2018 3,810

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers

Year Number
2012 30,360
2013 27,100
2014 26,160
2015 26,900
2016 28,200
2017 26,620
2018 26,500

Sewers, Hand

Year Number
2001 22,550
2002 19,180
2003 18,790
2004 12,430
2005 11,090
2006 9,750
2007 8,530
2008 7,050
2009 6,020
2010 5,770
2011 5,460
2012 5,500
2013 5,700
2014 5,960
2015 6,920
2016 6,540
2017 6,190
2018 5,350

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Year Number
2001 31,580
2002 29,560
2003 32,150
2004 27,180
2005 30,150
2006 30,000
2007 31,550
2008 31,700
2009 26,450
2010 26,250
2011 25,530
2012 24,870
2013 21,400
2014 20,200
2015 19,980
2016 21,660
2017 20,440
2018 21,150

Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2012 75,520
2013 75,060
2014 74,390
2015 76,630
2016 77,800
2017 75,810
2018 75,490

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 31,650
2002 25,950
2003 24,280
2004 21,480
2005 21,660
2006 20,070
2007 18,050
2008 16,180
2009 12,980
2010 12,700
2011 11,870
2012 11,350
2013 11,680
2014 11,510
2015 11,630
2016 10,860
2017 9,800
2018 9,330

Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 37,250
2002 32,970
2003 32,170
2004 25,320
2005 21,420
2006 19,140
2007 21,080
2008 20,170
2009 17,890
2010 15,000
2011 15,980
2012 15,620
2013 15,160
2014 14,370
2015 14,680
2016 15,040
2017 14,150
2018 13,310

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 57,830
2002 49,410
2003 47,720
2004 45,320
2005 42,760
2006 38,900
2007 33,400
2008 30,250
2009 24,530
2010 21,190
2011 21,160
2012 21,110
2013 22,200
2014 22,760
2015 22,560
2016 21,550
2017 20,920
2018 21,190

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 68,530
2002 62,800
2003 60,550
2004 53,490
2005 47,670
2006 44,210
2007 40,450
2008 36,540
2009 30,530
2010 27,840
2011 27,400
2012 27,440
2013 26,020
2014 25,740
2015 27,760
2016 30,340
2017 30,940
2018 31,650

Miscellaneous Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers

Year Number
2012 66,040
2013 68,180
2014 71,090
2015 71,690
2016 72,820
2017 70,810
2018 71,570

Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

Year Number
2001 30,370
2002 26,620
2003 26,700
2004 23,040
2005 23,040
2006 17,860
2007 15,240
2008 14,440
2009 13,680
2010 14,670
2011 16,050
2012 17,620
2013 18,890
2014 19,770
2015 19,810
2016 19,340
2017 18,880
2018 18,130

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

Year Number
2001 12,580
2002 10,800
2003 10,310
2004 9,340
2005 9,650
2006 8,840
2007 8,370
2008 7,500
2009 6,640
2010 6,060
2011 6,410
2012 6,500
2013 6,060
2014 5,440
2015 5,140
2016 5,310
2017 4,810
2018 5,220

Upholsterers

Year Number
2001 39,780
2002 40,380
2003 39,660
2004 38,550
2005 41,040
2006 40,340
2007 40,290
2008 39,090
2009 33,810
2010 30,210
2011 28,260
2012 27,840
2013 28,790
2014 29,770
2015 30,180
2016 32,520
2017 32,500
2018 32,870

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other

Year Number
2004 21,920
2005 24,740
2006 22,890
2007 21,760
2008 17,430
2009 14,220
2010 13,300
2011 13,980
2012 14,080
2013 14,440
2014 16,110
2015 16,560
2016 15,650
2017 14,610
2018 15,360

Woodworkers

Year Number
2012 200,680
2013 215,240
2014 229,870
2015 243,350
2016 250,870
2017 255,070
2018 257,840

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Year Number
2001 127,640
2002 125,220
2003 126,350
2004 121,380
2005 121,660
2006 127,780
2007 128,730
2008 120,960
2009 99,870
2010 84,170
2011 81,260
2012 78,140
2013 82,770
2014 88,170
2015 93,650
2016 97,980
2017 97,820
2018 102,100

Furniture Finishers

Year Number
2001 32,140
2002 30,110
2003 28,770
2004 25,770
2005 24,610
2006 24,890
2007 23,470
2008 21,630
2009 18,760
2010 15,400
2011 14,850
2012 13,740
2013 14,470
2014 15,320
2015 16,480
2016 17,370
2017 17,530
2018 17,250

Model Makers and Patternmakers, Wood

Year Number
2012 2,030
2013 2,110
2014 2,310
2015 2,180
2016 2,000
2017 1,630
2018 1,280

Model Makers, Wood

Year Number
2001 4,320
2002 4,350
2003 3,820
2004 3,210
2005 2,280
2006 1,920
2007 1,610
2008 1,740
2009 1,900
2010 1,660
2011 1,370
2012 1,270
2013 1,240
2014 1,360
2015 1,160
2016 1,040
2017 850
2018 740

Patternmakers, Wood

Year Number
2001 4,280
2002 4,130
2003 3,470
2004 2,500
2005 2,000
2006 2,270
2007 2,040
2008 1,930
2009 1,540
2010 1,240
2011 820
2012 770
2013 870
2014 950
2015 1,030
2016 970
2017 770
2018 530

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2012 99,830
2013 108,750
2014 117,120
2015 124,150
2016 126,760
2017 131,600
2018 131,240

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Year Number
2001 52,740
2002 53,520
2003 55,130
2004 56,500
2005 60,280
2006 60,230
2007 58,160
2008 51,830
2009 41,750
2010 37,050
2011 37,620
2012 38,720
2013 42,210
2014 46,320
2015 48,600
2016 50,640
2017 51,950
2018 52,260

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Year Number
2001 91,640
2002 89,860
2003 89,410
2004 88,870
2005 94,690
2006 97,700
2007 95,220
2008 88,510
2009 72,560
2010 61,130
2011 58,730
2012 61,110
2013 66,540
2014 70,810
2015 75,540
2016 76,130
2017 79,650
2018 78,980

Woodworkers, All Other

Year Number
2004 12,190
2005 10,550
2006 11,350
2007 11,470
2008 11,260
2009 9,980
2010 8,610
2011 7,600
2012 6,940
2013 7,150
2014 6,940
2015 6,900
2016 6,750
2017 6,490
2018 5,970

Plant and System Operators

Year Number
2012 308,150
2013 310,600
2014 315,200
2015 311,050
2016 307,370
2017 298,770
2018 301,200

Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers

Year Number
2012 60,070
2013 58,860
2014 58,880
2015 55,990
2016 53,560
2017 52,290
2018 51,820

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Year Number
2001 3,310
2002 3,400
2003 3,710
2004 4,300
2005 3,730
2006 3,750
2007 4,220
2008 4,970
2009 4,840
2010 5,080
2011 6,240
2012 7,140
2013 7,790
2014 7,400
2015 6,940
2016 7,170
2017 6,010
2018 6,280

Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Year Number
2001 12,840
2002 11,670
2003 10,270
2004 8,290
2005 7,520
2006 8,420
2007 9,410
2008 9,820
2009 10,000
2010 10,100
2011 11,600
2012 11,590
2013 11,260
2014 11,180
2015 11,540
2016 11,380
2017 12,110
2018 11,620

Power Plant Operators

Year Number
2001 35,030
2002 34,390
2003 33,250
2004 33,350
2005 33,650
2006 34,200
2007 34,400
2008 34,700
2009 36,860
2010 39,930
2011 39,980
2012 41,350
2013 39,810
2014 40,300
2015 37,510
2016 35,010
2017 34,170
2018 33,920

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Year Number
2001 54,330
2002 52,510
2003 48,880
2004 46,870
2005 43,110
2006 42,730
2007 40,370
2008 39,000
2009 37,270
2010 35,800
2011 34,580
2012 36,350
2013 35,960
2014 37,550
2015 34,630
2016 33,720
2017 32,790
2018 31,710

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

Year Number
2001 98,440
2002 96,970
2003 95,870
2004 92,120
2005 102,940
2006 106,550
2007 108,290
2008 110,300
2009 109,090
2010 108,330
2011 109,190
2012 108,440
2013 110,230
2014 111,640
2015 114,770
2016 115,840
2017 117,450
2018 123,650

Miscellaneous Plant and System Operators

Year Number
2012 103,280
2013 105,550
2014 107,130
2015 105,670
2016 104,250
2017 96,240
2018 94,010

Chemical Plant and System Operators

Year Number
2001 60,340
2002 55,910
2003 56,270
2004 59,980
2005 58,640
2006 52,970
2007 48,030
2008 44,600
2009 45,750
2010 43,130
2011 40,580
2012 38,170
2013 38,890
2014 37,490
2015 35,020
2016 33,300
2017 30,290
2018 28,190

Gas Plant Operators

Year Number
2001 12,600
2002 11,940
2003 11,180
2004 10,670
2005 10,530
2006 12,120
2007 13,190
2008 14,500
2009 14,040
2010 13,480
2011 11,750
2012 12,380
2013 13,890
2014 16,320
2015 16,790
2016 17,350
2017 14,890
2018 14,620

Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Year Number
2001 34,540
2002 38,500
2003 40,980
2004 42,300
2005 40,470
2006 40,880
2007 43,270
2008 45,710
2009 46,230
2010 42,850
2011 41,570
2012 41,020
2013 41,390
2014 41,700
2015 42,320
2016 41,630
2017 38,700
2018 38,930

Plant and System Operators, All Other

Year Number
2004 14,930
2005 13,920
2006 13,820
2007 13,290
2008 12,370
2009 11,050
2010 10,870
2011 11,740
2012 11,710
2013 11,390
2014 11,610
2015 11,540
2016 11,970
2017 12,360
2018 12,270

Other Production Occupations

Year Number
2012 2,397,100
2013 2,430,000
2014 2,471,030
2015 2,552,380
2016 2,582,350
2017 2,584,880
2018 2,537,090

Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2012 97,460
2013 102,950
2014 108,030
2015 115,400
2016 121,010
2017 126,320
2018 132,660

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 53,920
2002 56,610
2003 59,720
2004 48,450
2005 50,610
2006 50,570
2007 52,620
2008 52,890
2009 48,360
2010 46,250
2011 49,020
2012 56,030
2013 60,450
2014 64,710
2015 67,650
2016 73,840
2017 77,870
2018 82,880

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Te

Year Number
2001 35,380
2002 35,550
2003 37,360
2004 38,000
2005 41,250
2006 43,660
2007 44,310
2008 41,200
2009 37,490
2010 38,050
2011 39,660
2012 41,430
2013 42,510
2014 43,310
2015 47,750
2016 47,160
2017 48,450
2018 49,770

Crushing, Grinding, Polishing, Mixing, and Blending Workers

Year Number
2012 177,000
2013 179,200
2014 181,960
2015 188,510
2016 186,980
2017 191,200
2018 190,770

Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 46,470
2002 44,370
2003 43,320
2004 42,600
2005 41,480
2006 41,910
2007 42,360
2008 41,270
2009 38,360
2010 33,140
2011 31,540
2012 29,320
2013 30,580
2014 29,980
2015 31,140
2016 29,830
2017 31,390
2018 31,890

Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

Year Number
2001 44,050
2002 43,370
2003 43,910
2004 44,210
2005 44,890
2006 43,980
2007 42,750
2008 40,290
2009 32,350
2010 27,420
2011 27,630
2012 30,470
2013 31,240
2014 29,320
2015 28,110
2016 26,670
2017 30,320
2018 30,280

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 111,610
2002 103,940
2003 106,610
2004 119,320
2005 129,440
2006 140,710
2007 139,370
2008 140,120
2009 129,250
2010 123,840
2011 118,700
2012 117,210
2013 117,390
2014 122,670
2015 129,270
2016 130,480
2017 129,490
2018 128,600

Cutting Workers

Year Number
2012 70,300
2013 73,240
2014 78,090
2015 79,070
2016 75,580
2017 72,690
2018 71,420

Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

Year Number
2001 31,440
2002 30,910
2003 30,110
2004 28,780
2005 28,360
2006 28,790
2007 26,180
2008 24,700
2009 20,180
2010 17,420
2011 14,670
2012 13,740
2013 13,800
2014 15,520
2015 15,740
2016 14,250
2017 12,230
2018 10,580

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 76,370
2002 75,430
2003 70,960
2004 73,250
2005 78,030
2006 77,960
2007 80,260
2008 76,500
2009 70,700
2010 61,360
2011 59,430
2012 56,560
2013 59,450
2014 62,570
2015 63,330
2016 61,330
2017 60,460
2018 60,840

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 76,640
2002 71,500
2003 73,990
2004 73,970
2005 80,420
2006 81,000
2007 88,600
2008 85,130
2009 72,770
2010 65,100
2011 66,330
2012 68,080
2013 69,740
2014 67,490
2015 71,430
2016 71,260
2017 76,120
2018 72,870

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 30,020
2002 29,400
2003 30,320
2004 29,750
2005 28,140
2006 27,100
2007 24,590
2008 22,950
2009 19,900
2010 18,470
2011 18,940
2012 20,140
2013 19,840
2014 20,590
2015 19,650
2016 19,520
2017 18,030
2018 17,730

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Year Number
2001 525,540
2002 500,250
2003 497,300
2004 495,430
2005 506,160
2006 483,020
2007 472,900
2008 467,010
2009 430,450
2010 410,750
2011 434,170
2012 454,010
2013 471,750
2014 489,750
2015 508,590
2016 518,950
2017 537,500
2018 557,510

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Year Number
2001 29,030
2002 28,970
2003 30,360
2004 26,360
2005 28,100
2006 26,220
2007 27,160
2008 24,780
2009 23,410
2010 21,510
2011 21,640
2012 22,060
2013 22,890
2014 23,200
2015 25,270
2016 26,480
2017 25,710
2018 25,910

Medical, Dental, and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Year Number
2012 78,400
2013 78,870
2014 76,220
2015 80,150
2016 80,240
2017 79,370
2018 77,110

Dental Laboratory Technicians

Year Number
2001 39,750
2002 40,440
2003 45,480
2004 44,540
2005 45,600
2006 45,840
2007 44,530
2008 42,640
2009 40,480
2010 38,360
2011 37,600
2012 36,790
2013 36,790
2014 35,320
2015 37,520
2016 37,110
2017 35,630
2018 34,480

Medical Appliance Technicians

Year Number
2001 12,410
2002 11,870
2003 11,270
2004 10,080
2005 10,810
2006 10,610
2007 11,900
2008 12,930
2009 13,760
2010 13,320
2011 13,390
2012 12,230
2013 13,320
2014 13,290
2015 14,640
2016 14,570
2017 13,640
2018 14,670

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Year Number
2001 34,490
2002 32,920
2003 30,300
2004 25,170
2005 26,740
2006 29,130
2007 30,900
2008 32,930
2009 30,580
2010 27,880
2011 27,630
2012 29,380
2013 28,760
2014 27,610
2015 27,990
2016 28,570
2017 30,100
2018 27,960

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 379,750
2002 390,380
2003 400,680
2004 411,660
2005 396,270
2006 384,160
2007 368,320
2008 357,480
2009 338,920
2010 342,280
2011 354,810
2012 367,700
2013 372,210
2014 381,760
2015 378,560
2016 386,520
2017 392,910
2018 395,330

Painting Workers

Year Number
2012 142,570
2013 149,780
2014 156,830
2015 156,550
2016 156,070
2017 152,510
2018 156,470

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 94,050
2002 91,950
2003 93,110
2004 96,510
2005 100,830
2006 102,210
2007 102,600
2008 103,310
2009 89,430
2010 77,870
2011 77,090
2012 79,970
2013 87,070
2014 90,590
2015 88,780
2016 85,760
2017 86,270
2018 88,560

Painters, Transportation Equipment

Year Number
2001 44,090
2002 45,670
2003 46,600
2004 49,810
2005 52,650
2006 52,170
2007 51,260
2008 50,310
2009 46,810
2010 43,300
2011 44,730
2012 46,290
2013 46,770
2014 49,950
2015 51,760
2016 54,860
2017 52,880
2018 55,710

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Year Number
2001 31,770
2002 30,830
2003 29,590
2004 26,990
2005 27,830
2006 29,950
2007 31,740
2008 31,200
2009 28,460
2010 23,970
2011 19,370
2012 16,310
2013 15,930
2014 16,280
2015 16,020
2016 15,450
2017 13,360
2018 12,200

Semiconductor Processors

Year Number
2001 51,060
2002 43,630
2003 50,160
2004 44,440
2005 44,720
2006 41,520
2007 36,690
2008 32,230
2009 25,750
2010 20,930
2011 22,070
2012 21,380
2013 22,750
2014 23,580
2015 24,230
2016 24,430
2017 23,540
2018 25,730

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Year Number
2001 79,920
2002 79,650
2003 81,920
2004 84,960
2005 28000 53970
2006 24180 50040
2007 71,780
2008 70,590
2009 65,070
2010 57,540
2011 50,570
2012 45,760
2013 37,130
2014 28,800
2015 23,940
2016 26,430
2017 22,450
2018 16,680

Miscellaneous Production Workers

Year Number
2012 832,240
2013 829,640
2014 834,750
2015 881,020
2016 888,880
2017 866,540
2018 796,900

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 29,190
2002 26,880
2003 25,390
2004 24,630
2005 25,650
2006 23,540
2007 21,670
2008 19,640
2009 16,190
2010 15,060
2011 16,040
2012 16,800
2013 18,280
2014 18,210
2015 17,400
2016 16,940
2017 15,860
2018 16,310

Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 18,070
2002 18,010
2003 17,590
2004 16,860
2005 15,250
2006 15,500
2007 16,850
2008 18,870
2009 19,550
2010 18,320
2011 16,430
2012 16,050
2013 16,460
2014 17,360
2015 17,420
2016 17,860
2017 17,410
2018 17,630

Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Year Number
2001 7,320
2002 7,280
2003 7,920
2004 8,790
2005 9,640
2006 10,050
2007 9,610
2008 9,940
2009 9,160
2010 8,960
2011 8,080
2012 8,130
2013 7,660
2014 8,070
2015 7,970
2016 8,170
2017 8,630
2018 8,820

Etchers and Engravers

Year Number
2001 10,330
2002 9,130
2003 8,800
2004 8,490
2005 10,050
2006 11,390
2007 11,130
2008 10,760
2009 8,920
2010 8,090
2011 8,260
2012 8,610
2013 8,570
2014 8,630
2015 9,490
2016 9,520
2017 8,620
2018 8,600

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

Year Number
2001 39,450
2002 36,240
2003 37,600
2004 37,930
2005 41,250
2006 42,610
2007 41,650
2008 41,900
2009 35,430
2010 32,250
2011 30,600
2012 31,010
2013 32,920
2014 34,610
2015 38,730
2016 39,450
2017 41,320
2018 42,500

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Year Number
2001 120,880
2002 114,390
2003 109,600
2004 109,560
2005 107,560
2006 113,930
2007 111,250
2008 104,170
2009 94,210
2010 88,390
2011 93,290
2012 95,690
2013 94,910
2014 92,170
2015 91,400
2016 93,100
2017 94,620
2018 97,960

Tire Builders

Year Number
2001 13,410
2002 13,020
2003 14,830
2004 17,960
2005 19,860
2006 23,210
2007 20,530
2008 21,740
2009 17,820
2010 15,020
2011 16,690
2012 17,360
2013 17,570
2014 17,680
2015 17,710
2016 22,280
2017 21,910
2018 23,920

Helpers--Production Workers

Year Number
2001 459,440
2002 464,390
2003 452,700
2004 480,430
2005 528,610
2006 539,350
2007 524,440
2008 499,870
2009 433,370
2010 394,270
2011 420,910
2012 419,840
2013 426,670
2014 420,520
2015 439,000
2016 429,890
2017 402,140
2018 350,410

Production Workers, All Other

Year Number
2012 218,740
2013 206,600
2014 217,500
2015 241,910
2016 251,670
2017 256,050
2018 230,760