U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Motor Vehicles, Parts, and Operating Expenses Price Indices table is derived from data prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor's, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). PPI's measure price change from the perspective of the seller in contrast with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measure price change from the purchaser's perspective. Sellers' and purchasers' prices may differ due to government subsidies, sales and excise taxes, and distribution costs. The price collected for an item included in the PPI's is the revenue received by its producer, net of any rebates paid. Sales and excise taxes are not included in the price because they do not represent revenue to the producer. The price collected for an item included in the CPI is the out-of-pocket expenditure by a consumer for the item. Sales and excise taxes are included in the price because they are necessary expenditures by the consumer for the item. Monthly updates and additional data are available on the BLS web site.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for the indicated products
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The Producer Price Index measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers of the listed products.
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Additional information on interpreting and using these indices is available from the BLS Handbook of Methods

Average annual employment and production-worker hourly earnings in the u.s. automotive industry

More information is available by transferring to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' web site. You may initiate your own, no-cost employment data retrieval, by switching directly to the BLS Selective Access web page.

Information on employment prospects for several auto industry careers is available in the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. If you already have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer for displaying pdf files, you may open the chapter for the "Vehicle and Equipment Manufacturing Industry".