Classes of Workers

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Classes of Workers

Key Takeaways

  • Federal, state, and local governments' employees made up the largest percentage of the total workforce with 14.3% in 2020.
  • The agriculture industry had the smallest percentage with 1.312%.
  • Employees working in non-agriculture industries such as manufacturing accounted for 13.0% of the total workforce.


The US government was one of the largest employers in 2020 followed by the non-agriculture industry sector. The service industry employees too accounted for a significant portion of the total workforce in the US. The requested statistics about the US workforce are presented below.
  • The percentage of US employees working in the goods-producing industry sector in 2020 was 13.0%. The sector also includes jobs such as food packaging and factory work.
  • In 2020, employees in the agriculture industry accounted for 1.312% of the total employment in the United States.
  • In 2020, federal, state, and local governments accounted for 14.3% of the total employment in the country.
  • The leisure and hospitality industry accounted for 8.7% of the total employment in the United States.
  • Healthcare and social assistance employees made up 12.9% of the country’s total employment in 2020.
  • Other services that also include security accounted for 3.9% of the total workforce.
  • Professional and business services employees made up 13.2% of the total workforce. Professionals such as financial analysts, journalists, consultants, and managers fall in this category.

Research Strategy

To obtain the required information, the research team leveraged the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The website provides the most updated and credible data required for this research. In the course of our research, we made some assumptions. First, we assumed that routine jobs fall under the good producing sector as outlined in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website. We also assumed that security is part of 'other services.' Symbolic analysts were categorized under professional and business services. Considering that the service industry is broad, we split the percentages into individual sectors.

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