Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Furniture Rental Consultants part II


Last year, we addressed the furniture rental consultant.  More like last week.  Mr. Olinsky suggested that furniture rental stores are everywhere in the red states.  Let's look at the occupation-industry matrix from BLS, sorted by industry.  

The reports available for the retail trade sector:





Retail trade, except motor vehicle and parts dealers, food and beverage stores, and general merchandise stores

4445R0
Summary
442000-4000, 446000-8000, 451000, 453000-4000
Furniture and home furnishings stores
442000
Summary
442000
Furniture stores
442100
Line item
442100
Home furnishings stores
442200
Line item
442200
Electronics and appliance stores
443000
Line item
443000
Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers
444000
Summary
444000
Building material and supplies dealers
444100
Line item
444100









When we look at furniture and home furnishing stores, BLS reports total employment of 454,600 jobs.  Not a small industry by any stretch.  Here is how BLS breaks down the employment of retail sales workers:

41-2000 Retail sales workers 230.1
41-2010 Cashiers 15.4
41-2011 Cashiers 15.4
41-2020 Counter and rental clerks and parts salespersons 0.6
41-2021 Counter and rental clerks 0.6
41-2031 Retail salespersons 214.0









The retail salespersons (41-2031) make up the largest group of employees under the umbrella of retail sales workers (41-2000).  Retail salesperson includes:









270.357-030    Salesperson, Furniture









That is a semi-skilled occupation and largely irrelevant for disability purposes absent transferable skills.  





The industry matrix gives the data by industry to permit looking at the allegation of widespread employment in the furniture rental industry.  Salespersons, whether selling or renting, is a semi-skilled position and represents almost half of total industry employment -- 454,600 jobs.  BLS again confirms that the unskilled occupation nestled inside of 41-2021 does not exist in significant numbers.   

4 comments:

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  2. I have a hearing where this position may come up. I was wondering if you've ever been able to knock out this job during VE testimony using the above argument. The older excel links you posted are dead now, but (correct me if I'm wrong) I think this is what's current:
    https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_442000.htm

    Is the strategy first to ask the VE what SOC code is, and NAICS category. Then second, (assuming the VE classifies as we think they will) point out that according to BLS stats for Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores, there appear to be (by my reading) only 470 positions in this category under the SOC code 41-2021? Or am I missing a step somewhere? Thanks!

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  3. BLS abandoned the XLSX format for reporting the occupation-industry matrix. You will find it in HTML format

    https://data.bls.gov/projections/nationalMatrix?queryParams=41-2021&ioType=o

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  4. The current version of Job Browser Pro includes an industry designation that is not appropriate. Reducing the industries to those that actually rent furniture reduces the number of furniture-rental consultants to a not significant level. Look for a new blog soon.

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