Northeast has highest percentage of workers employed in professional and related occupations, 2012

September 04, 2013

In 2012, among census regions, the Northeast region had the highest percentage of workers employed in management, professional, and related occupations (40.4 percent).   Professional and related occupations accounted for 24.3 percent of those employed in the Northeast region; workers in management, business, and financial operations occupations made up 16.1 percent of the total.

Percentage of employed, by census region and occupation, 2012 annual averages
OccupationCensus region

Management, business, and financial operations


Professional and related occupations


Service occupations


Sales and office occupations


Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

Production, transportation, and material moving


In the Midwest region, 14.5 percent of workers were employed in production, transportation, and material moving occupations—a higher percentage than in any other region. The lowest percentage, 10.6 percent, were employed in both the Northeast and West census regions. 

In 2012, in terms of educational attainment, the labor force participation rate for those with less than a high school diploma was 52.3 percent for the West region—the highest among all census regions.

Labor force participation rate, by educational attainment,  2012 annual averages

Labor force participation rate, by educational attainment and census region, 2012 annual averages
Educational attainmentCensus region

Less than a high school diploma


High school graduates, no college


Some college or associate's degree


Bachelor's degree and higher


The labor force participation rate for those with at least some college, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree and higher, was highest among those in the Northeast and Midwest regions in 2012.  The labor force participation rate for those with a high school degree was similar across all census regions.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. For more information refer to Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 2012 (PDF), BLS Bulletin 2775.




Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Northeast has highest percentage of workers employed in professional and related occupations, 2012 on the Internet at (visited September 25, 2016).


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