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Farmers and ranchers account for one in ten of the 12 million self-employed workers in the United States.
In 2000, there were over one-and-a-quarter million self-employed farmers and ranchers, making this the occupation with the most self-employed. Next were supervisors of retail sales workers, followed by childcare workers and carpenters.
These data are from the Current Population Survey program. For more information, see "Occupational Employment" in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2001-2002.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Self-employed in 2000 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/jan/wk4/art01.htm (visited June 01, 2023).