Employment by economic sector in Pakistan 2019

In 2019, 41.37 percent of the workforce in Pakistan worked in the agricultural sector, about a quarter worked in industry, and 34.96 percent in the services sector.

The primary sector

The most common breakdown of a country’s economy is into three sectors; the primary sector, which includes agriculture, raw materials, fishing, and hunting, the secondary sector, which is also called the industrial sector and includes manufacturing, and the tertiary sector, which encompasses intangible goods and services, like financial services, tourism, or telecommunications. Usually, an advanced economy focuses on the services sector, while in a developing economy, the primary sector is still prevalent. In Pakistan, agriculture plays an important role in trade and production, and most Pakistanis are employed in the agricultural sector – however, the services sector generates the lion’s share of GDP

Is Pakistan on the verge of being a developed country?

Typically, a developed country shifts GDP generation and employment to intangible goods, which also often means that its citizens move to the city, away from rural areas. In Pakistan, urbanization progresses slowly, and most inhabitants live in rural areas. One reason for this is Pakistan’s vast arable land area, which allows for the production and export of raw materials. To be a developed country, Pakistan still needs to put in some work and improve the standard of living and infrastructure, among other factors.

Pakistan: Distribution of employment by economic sector from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

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