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International Labor Comparisons: BLS Spotlight on Statistics

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Employment-population ratios by sector, 1970-2011

Employment-to-population ratio (Percent)
YearUnited StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanKorea, Republic ofNetherlandsSwedenUnited Kingdom

1970

57.461.154.556.156.647.463.855.1NA63.1NA

1975

56.160.156.954.953.246.061.255.951.764.860.2

1980

59.258.360.353.953.146.061.355.952.165.658.5

1985

60.156.659.452.950.844.460.654.350.165.055.7

1990

62.860.262.252.252.343.961.358.652.766.159.8

1995

62.959.159.350.552.443.160.960.655.458.257.0

2000

64.460.362.051.552.244.559.058.561.160.159.4

2005

62.762.163.351.151.144.957.359.760.959.860.0

2010

58.563.062.351.254.444.056.258.760.859.558.2

2011

58.463.162.551.055.744.056.259.160.560.358.0

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons



Share of the working age population employed in agriculture (Percent)
YearUnited StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanKorea, Republic ofNetherlandsSwedenUnited Kingdom

1970

2.54.94.1NA4.89.510.827.8NA5.2NA

1975

2.24.13.57.13.67.77.625.53.14.21.7

1980

2.03.83.05.82.86.56.219.02.73.71.5

1985

1.83.52.84.62.34.95.113.52.63.21.3

1990

1.73.42.63.61.83.94.210.52.42.61.3

1995

1.82.92.42.81.62.53.37.22.12.01.2

2000

1.23.02.02.41.42.12.86.22.01.70.7

2005

1.02.21.71.91.21.92.44.72.01.40.6

2010

0.92.11.41.50.91.72.23.91.81.20.7

2011

0.91.81.31.50.91.62.13.81.71.20.7

Note: Agriculture includes agriculture, forestry, hunting, and fishing.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons.



Share of the working age population employed in services (Percent)
YearUnited StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanKorea, Republic ofNetherlandsSwedenUnited Kingdom

1970

35.935.034.1NA24.219.530.217.9NA34.0NA

1975

37.337.037.426.526.020.731.817.231.537.435.0

1980

39.837.840.928.727.622.433.620.933.941.335.8

1985

42.839.142.231.928.125.034.524.234.243.035.7

1990

45.942.944.933.230.126.236.327.636.644.940.0

1995

47.043.644.434.532.326.737.433.440.741.640.8

2000

49.144.946.436.533.728.837.936.046.244.245.2

2005

49.347.448.037.435.029.439.439.446.745.847.3

2010

47.548.549.139.038.830.240.040.648.946.947.1

2011

47.449.049.338.839.830.440.141.049.147.647.0

Note:Services include transportation, communication, public utilities, trade, finance, public administration, private household services, and miscellaneous services.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons.



Share of the working age population employed in industry (Percent)
YearUnited StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanKorea, Republic ofNetherlandsSwedenUnited Kingdom

1970

19.021.116.2NA27.618.422.89.5NA23.9NA

1975

16.518.916.021.323.717.621.813.117.223.223.5

1980

17.316.716.519.522.817.021.516.015.520.721.2

1985

15.514.014.416.420.414.521.016.613.318.918.7

1990

15.214.014.715.420.313.820.820.513.618.618.5

1995

14.112.612.613.218.513.920.220.112.614.615.0

2000

14.212.413.512.717.113.618.216.313.014.213.5

2005

12.412.513.511.914.913.615.515.612.212.612.1

2010

10.112.411.810.714.712.114.014.310.111.410.4

2011

10.112.311.910.715.012.014.014.39.711.510.3

Note: Industry includes manufacturing, mining, and construction.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons.



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