United States

United States Labor force Stats


  • By occupation: Component parts of the labor force by occupation.
  • By occupation > Note: This entry lists the percentage distribution of the labor force by occupation. The distribution will total less than 100 percent if the data are incomplete.
  • Female > % of total labor force: Female labor force as a percentage of the total show the extent to which women are active in the labor force. Labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who meet the International Labour Organisation's definition of the economically active population.
  • Note: This entry contains the total labor force figure.
  • Per capita: The total labor force figure Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Total: Total labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who meet the International Labour Organisation definition of the economically active population: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes both the employed and the unemployed. While national practices vary in the treatment of such groups as the armed forces and seasonal or part-time workers, in general the labor force includes the armed forces, the unemployed, and first-time job-seekers, but excludes homemakers and other unpaid caregivers and workers in the informal sector."
By occupation farming, forestry, and fishing 0.7%, manufacturing, extraction, transportation, and crafts 22.9%, managerial, professional, and technical 34.9%, sales and office 25%, other services 16.5%; note: figures exclude the unemployed 2006
By occupation > Note figures exclude the unemployed 2009
Female > % of total labor force 46.09% 2008 57th out of 175
Note includes unemployed 2010
Per capita 508.4 per 1,000 people 2007 42nd out of 163
Total 158.37 million 2008 4th out of 175

SOURCES: All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; International Labour Organisation, using World Bank population estimates.


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