Try our corporate solution for free!
(212) 419-8286
hadley.ward@statista.com

Distribution of the workforce across economic sectors in China 2019

The statistic shows the distribution of the workforce across economic sectors in China from 2009 to 2019. In 2019, around 25.1 percent of the workforce were employed in the agricultural sector, 27.5 percent in the industrial sector and 47.4 percent in the service sector.

Distribution of workforce in China

In 2012, China became the largest exporting country worldwide with an export value of about two trillion U.S. dollars. China’s economic system is largely based on growth and export, with the manufacturing sector being a crucial contributor to the country’s export competitiveness. Economic development was accompanied by a steady rise of labor costs, as well as a significant slowdown in labor force growth. These changes present a serious threat to the era of China as the world’s factory. The share of workforce in agriculture also steadily decreased in China, while the agricultural gross production value displayed continuous growth, amounting to approximately 6.1 trillion yuan in 2018.

Since 2011, the majority of China’s labor force has been employed in the service sector. However, compared with developed countries, such as Japan or the United States, where 72.2 and 79.4 percent of the work force were active in services in 2019 respectively, the proportion of people working in the tertiary sector in China has been relatively low. The Chinese government aims to continue economic reform by moving from an emphasis on investment to consumption, among other measures. This might lead to a stronger service economy. Meanwhile, the share of urban middle class in the total population in China is forecast to increase to 52 percent in 2020. A growing number of affluent middle class consumers could promote consumption and help China move towards a balanced economy.

Distribution of the workforce across economic sectors in China from 2009 to 2019

Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Source

Release date

June 2020

Region

China

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Single Account
The ideal entry-level account for individual users
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 $39 / Month *
in the first 12 months
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Employment in China"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.