Profile Of The American Workplace
September 8, 2000
How vast is the American workforce? Here is some of the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- The U.S. has a working population of 144.8 million -- of which 5.5 million say they are looking for another job.
- Some 10.3 million are self-employed -- while 7.9 million hold down more than one job.
- Workers toil an average of 39.2 hours a week.
- Annual pay in the U.S. averages $31,908 -- ranging from a state average of $40,915 in Connecticut to $22,644 in Montana.
And what do people do after they arrive at the employee parking lot? Here's a glimpse:
- Some 912,000 of them practice law, while 325,000 are in the clergy.
- There are 274,000 editors and reporters, with another 130,000 classified as authors.
- Some 91,000 are professional athletes, and 66,000 are hairdressers.
The nation's fastest growing occupation: database administrator.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Timely Data," Washington Times, September 4, 2000.
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