October 31, 2007
Women were 46.3 percent of all employed workers in 2006.
By industry, women accounted for more than half of all workers within financial activities, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality in 2006.
However, women were substantially underrepresented (relative to their share of total employment in all industries) in construction, mining, manufacturing, and transportation and utilities—accounting for less than a third of the workforce in each of these industries.
These data on women workers are from the Current Population Survey. To find out more, see BLS Report 1002, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2007 Edition).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment of women, by industry on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/oct/wk5/art03.htm (visited November 26, 2015).
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