Total employed persons in the U.S. in 2018, by industry
(in 1,000s)
U.S.- employment by industry 2018
In 2018, the education and health services industry employed the largest number of people in the United States. That year, about 35.04 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 and health services industry, there was a relatively significant wage gap between men and women. Men earned about 1,080 U.S. dollars per week on average, while their female counterparts only earned 886 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 U.S. in 2018, by industry
(in 1,000s)
IndustryEmployment in thousands
Education and health services35,043
Wholesale and retail trade20,270
Professional and business services18,950
Manufacturing15,560
Leisure and hospitality14,268
Construction11,181
Financial activities10,649
Transportation and utilities8,551
Other services7,742
Public administration7,419
Information2,919
Agriculture and related2,425
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction784
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Age group

16 years and older

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U.S.- employment by industry 2018
In 2018, the education and health services industry employed the largest number of people in the United States. That year, about 35.04 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 and health services industry, there was a relatively significant wage gap between men and women. Men earned about 1,080 U.S. dollars per week on average, while their female counterparts only earned 886 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.
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