Employment by major industry sector

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Table 2.1 Employment by major industry sector, 2006, 2016, and projected 2026

Industry Sector

Thousands of Jobs

Change

Percent Distribution

Compound Annual Rate of Change

2006

2016

2026

2006–16

2016–26

2006

2016

2026

2006–16

2016–26

Total(1)

148,988.2

156,063.8

167,582.3

7,075.7

11,518.5

100.0

100.0

100.0

0.5

0.7

 

Nonagriculture wage and salary(2)

137,190.9

144,979.3

155,724.8

7,788.4

10,745.5

92.1

92.9

92.9

0.6

0.7

 

Goods-producing, excluding agriculture

22,466.7

19,685.2

19,904.2

-2,781.5

219.0

15.1

12.6

11.9

-1.3

0.1

Mining

619.7

626.1

716.9

6.4

90.8

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.1

1.4

Construction

7,691.2

6,711.0

7,575.7

-980.2

864.7

5.2

4.3

4.5

-1.4

1.2

Manufacturing

14,155.8

12,348.1

11,611.7

-1,807.7

-736.4

9.5

7.9

6.9

-1.4

-0.6

 

Services-providing excluding special industries

114,724.2

125,294.1

135,820.6

10,569.9

10,526.5

77.0

80.3

81.0

0.9

0.8

Utilities

548.5

556.2

559.6

7.7

3.4

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.1

0.1

Wholesale trade

5,904.6

5,867.0

6,012.8

-37.6

145.8

4.0

3.8

3.6

-0.1

0.2

Retail trade

15,353.2

15,820.4

16,232.7

467.2

412.3

10.3

10.1

9.7

0.3

0.3

Transportation and warehousing

4,469.6

4,989.1

5,353.4

519.5

364.3

3.0

3.2

3.2

1.1

0.7

Information

3,037.9

2,772.3

2,824.8

-265.6

52.5

2.0

1.8

1.7

-0.9

0.2

Financial activities

8,366.6

8,284.8

8,764.6

-81.8

479.8

5.6

5.3

5.2

-0.1

0.6

Professional and business services

17,566.2

20,135.6

22,295.3

2,569.4

2,159.7

11.8

12.9

13.3

1.4

1.0

Educational services

2,900.9

3,559.7

4,066.2

658.8

506.5

1.9

2.3

2.4

2.1

1.3

Health care and social assistance

15,253.3

19,056.3

23,054.6

3,803.0

3,998.3

10.2

12.2

13.8

2.3

1.9

Leisure and hospitality

13,109.7

15,620.4

16,939.4

2,510.7

1,319.0

8.8

10.0

10.1

1.8

0.8

Other services

6,240.5

6,409.4

6,761.4

168.9

352.0

4.2

4.1

4.0

0.3

0.5

Federal government

2,732.0

2,795.0

2,739.2

63.0

-55.8

1.8

1.8

1.6

0.2

-0.2

State and local government

19,241.2

19,427.9

20,216.6

186.7

788.7

12.9

12.4

12.1

0.1

0.4

 

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting(3)

2,111.2

2,351.5

2,345.4

240.3

-6.1

1.4

1.5

1.4

1.1

0.0

Agriculture wage and salary

1,218.6

1,501.0

1,518.0

282.4

17.0

0.8

1.0

0.9

2.1

0.1

Agriculture self-employed

892.6

850.5

827.5

-42.1

-23.0

0.6

0.5

0.5

-0.5

-0.3

 

Nonagriculture self-employed

9,686.0

8,733.0

9,512.1

-953.0

779.1

6.5

5.6

5.7

-1.0

0.9

Footnotes:
  1 Employment data for wage and salary workers are from the BLS Current Employment Statistics survey, which counts jobs, whereas self-employed, unpaid family workers, and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting are from the Current Population Survey (household survey), which counts workers.
  2 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.
  3 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.

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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