U.S.- employment by industry 2019

In 2019, the education and health services industry employed the largest number of people in the United States. That year, about 35.89 million people were employed in the education and health services industry.

Education and Health Services Industry

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the United States has started to fall behind in both education and the health care industry. Despite spending the most amount of money in both these industries, the United States still does not see their desired results in comparison to other nations. Furthermore, in the education services industry, there was a relatively significant wage gap between men and women. Men earned about 1,128 U.S. dollars per week on average, while their female counterparts only earned 945 U.S. dollars per week.

Employment in the U.S.

The 2008 financial crisis was a large-scale event that impacted the entire world, especially the United States. The economy started to improve after 2010, and the number of people employed in the United States has been steadily increasing since then. However, the number of people employed in the education sector is expected to slowly decrease until 2026. The overall unemployment rate in the United States has significantly decreased since 2010 as well.

Total employed persons in the United States in 2019, by industry

IndustryEmployment in thousands
Education and health services35,894
Wholesale and retail trade19,742
Professional and business services19,606
Leisure and hospitality14,643
Financial activities10,765
Transportation and utilities8,991
Other services7,617
Public administration7,225
Agriculture and related2,425
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction750
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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period


Age group

16 years and older

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