Profile of the American workplace

How vast is the American workforce? Here is some of the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labour 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 R223,350 – ranging from a state average of R286,400 in Connecticut to R158,500 in Montana.

    And what do people do after they arrive at the employee parking lot? Here's a glimpse:

  • Some 912,000 of them practise 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: U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, Timely Data, Washington Times, September 4, 2000.

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