January 28, 2002
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.
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 January 22, 2022).