Employment by major industry sector

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 Table 2.1 Employment by major industry sector

Industry Sector

Thousands of Jobs

Change

Percent Distribution

Compound Annual Rate of Change

2008

2018

2028

2008 - 2018

2018 - 2028

2008

2018

2028

2008 - 2018

2018 - 2028

Total(1)(2)

149,276.0

161,037.7

169,435.9

11,761.7

8,398.2

100.0

100.0

100.0

0.8

0.5

 

Nonagriculture wage and salary(3)

137,991.0

149,803.7

157,662.0

11,812.7

7,858.3

92.4

93.0

93.1

0.8

0.5

 

Goods-producing, excluding agriculture

21,277.9

20,661.3

20,872.7

-616.6

211.4

14.3

12.8

12.3

-0.3

0.1

Mining

709.9

683.3

727.9

-26.6

44.6

0.5

0.4

0.4

-0.4

0.6

Construction

7,162.5

7,289.3

8,096.8

126.8

807.5

4.8

4.5

4.8

0.2

1.1

Manufacturing

13,405.5

12,688.7

12,048.0

-716.8

-640.7

9.0

7.9

7.1

-0.5

-0.5

 

Services-providing excluding special industries

116,713.1

129,142.4

136,789.3

12,429.3

7,646.9

78.2

80.2

80.7

1.0

0.6

Utilities

558.8

554.6

537.2

-4.2

-17.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

-0.1

-0.3

Wholesale trade

5,875.0

5,852.5

5,754.0

-22.5

-98.5

3.9

3.6

3.4

0.0

-0.2

Retail trade

15,289.1

15,833.1

15,679.4

544.0

-153.7

10.2

9.8

9.3

0.4

-0.1

Transportation and warehousing

4,513.6

5,419.1

5,741.4

905.5

322.3

3.0

3.4

3.4

1.8

0.6

Information

2,983.8

2,828.1

2,833.7

-155.7

5.6

2.0

1.8

1.7

-0.5

0.0

Financial activities

8,206.1

8,568.8

8,849.4

362.7

280.6

5.5

5.3

5.2

0.4

0.3

Professional and business services

17,792.3

20,999.5

22,661.9

3,207.2

1,662.4

11.9

13.0

13.4

1.7

0.8

Educational services

3,039.8

3,727.5

4,201.0

687.7

473.5

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.1

1.2

Health care and social assistance

16,188.6

19,939.3

23,335.4

3,750.7

3,396.1

10.8

12.4

13.8

2.1

1.6

Leisure and hospitality

13,436.2

16,348.5

17,904.9

2,912.3

1,556.4

9.0

10.2

10.6

2.0

0.9

Other services

6,320.5

6,622.4

6,716.7

301.9

94.3

4.2

4.1

4.0

0.5

0.1

Federal government

2,762.0

2,796.0

2,670.2

34.0

-125.8

1.9

1.7

1.6

0.1

-0.5

State and local government

19,747.3

19,653.0

19,904.0

-94.3

251.0

13.2

12.2

11.7

0.0

0.1

 

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting(4)

2,071.4

2,310.0

2,320.6

238.6

10.6

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.1

0.0

Agriculture wage and salary

1,208.6

1,547.2

1,587.2

338.6

40.0

0.8

1.0

0.9

2.5

0.3

Agriculture self-employed

862.8

762.8

733.4

-100.0

-29.4

0.6

0.5

0.4

-1.2

-0.4

 

Nonagriculture self-employed

9,213.6

8,924.0

9,453.4

-289.6

529.4

6.2

5.5

5.6

-0.3

0.6

 

Footnotes:
  1 Employment data for wage and salary workers are from the BLS Current Employment Statistics survey, which counts jobs, whereas self-employed and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting are from the Current Population Survey (household survey), which counts workers.
  2 Individual sectors do not necessarily add to major sectors due to rounding.
  3 Includes wage and salary data from the Current Employment Statistics survey, except private households, which is from the Current Populations Survey. Logging workers are excluded.
  4 Includes agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting data from the Current Population Survey, except logging, which is from Current Employment Statistics survey. Government wage and salary workers are excluded.

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