July 6, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Sector employment shifts around the world

Percent distribution of the employed by sector, selected countries, 1980 and 2011
Country and year Services Industry Agriculture

United States

1980

67.3 29.3 3.4

2011

81.1 17.3 1.6

Canada

1980

67.8 27.3 4.9

2011

78.8 19.1 2.1

France

1980

53.2 36.1 10.7

2011

76.1 20.9 3.0

Germany

1980

51.9 42.9 5.2

2011

71.4 27.0 1.6

United Kingdom

1980

61.2 36.2 2.6

2011

81.1 17.7 1.2

Japan

1980

54.8 35.1 10.1

2011

71.3 24.9 3.8

Republic of Korea

1980

37.3 28.7 34.0

2011

69.4 24.2 6.4

These data are featured in the TED article, Sector employment shifts around the world.

 

 

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