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Fall 2007 Vol. 51, Number 3

Industry employment



This section illustrates projected employment change from an industry perspective, showing which industries are projected to gain or lose jobs over the 2006-16 decade. Workers are grouped into an industry according to the type of good produced or service provided by the establishment in which they work. Everyone who works in a hospital, for example, is part of the hospital industry, regardless of his or her job duties. The hospital industry includes not only healthcare workers, such as doctors and nurses, but also thousands of other workers, such as managers and janitors. 

Like occupational employment projections, 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). But unlike employment totals in the occupational charts, employment totals in this section cover only wage and salary workers and do not include self-employed or unpaid family workers. Wage and salary employment growth is projected to average 11 percent, and this average is shown as a dotted vertical line in some charts. 

Industries shown in the charts are defined primarily according to the 2002 North American Industry Classification System. Industries fall into either goods-producing or service-providing sectors.

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Last Updated: February 29, 2008