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Winter 2009-10 Vol. 53, Number 4

Industry employment

TThis section illustrates projected employment change from an industry perspective over the 200818 decade. Workers are grouped into an industry according to the type of good produced or service provided by the establishment in which they work.

Industry employment projections are shown in terms of numeric change (growth or decline in the total number of jobs) and percent change (the rate of job growth or decline). Unlike employment totals in the occupational charts, however, employment totals in this section cover only wage and salary workers and do not include self-employed or unpaid family workers. Employment growth for all wage and salary workers is projected to average about 11 percent between 2008 and 2018. This average is shown as a dotted vertical line in two charts.

Employment growth in industries depends on industry output (the total amount produced) and worker productivity (how much each worker produces). Laborsaving technologies and methods can increase productivity, limiting employment growth even as output increases. Likewise, employment in one industry can be affected by changing practices in another.

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Last Updated: March 18, 2010