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February 2, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Employment projections for major industries, 2010–20

Projected change and annual growth rate, nonagricultural wage and salary employment, by major industry, 2010–2020
Industry Net change Annual growth rate (percent)

Health care and social assistance

5,639,400 3.0

Professional and business services

3,809,000 2.1


1,839,500 2.9

Retail trade

1,768,500 1.2

State and local government

1,641,700 0.8

Leisure and hospitality

1,342,700 1.0

Educational services

819,200 2.3

Other services

819,400 1.3

Transportation and warehousing

852,900 1.9


-35,700 -0.7

Financial activities

780,400 1.0

Wholesale trade

744,100 1.3


140,300 0.5


24,800 0.4


-73,100 -0.1

Federal government

-372,000 -1.3

These data are featured in the TED article, Employment projections for major industries, 2010–20.