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Percent of US manufacturing in total employment


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Actual indicator available Manufacturing employment as a proportion of total employment
Actual indicator available - description Total employment in all manufacturing activities divided by total employment in all economic activities.
Date of national source publication February 2018
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source February 2019 (for release of 2018 annual data)
U.S. method of computation Manufacturing employment data cover the following worker categories: employees (with source data from the BLS Current Establishment Statistics (CES) program), and self-employed workers (with source data from the BLS Current Population Survey (CPS)). Total economy employment data cover the following worker catetories: nonfarm employees (with source data from CES); self-employed workers, unpaid family workers, farm workers, and private household employees (with source data from CPS); and armed forces personnel (with source data from Department of Defense). The latest full methodology report is available here:
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Date metadata updated February 2018
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement The ratio itself is simply the ratio of two employment series. The two employment series which are used to calculate this ratio are in millions of jobs.
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Time period 2000 to 2017
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Manufacturing employment as a proportion of total employment
Target name Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry's share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries.
Global indicator description From ILO: This indicator is computed as the number of persons employed in the industry sector divided by total employment. Employed persons are defined as all those of working age who, during a short reference period, were engaged in any activity to produce goods or provide services for pay or profit. The industry sector comprises mining and quarrying, manufacturing, construction and public utilities (electricity, gas and water). From UNIDO: Employment is defined as a work performed for pay or profit. The value is obtained by summing up the number of employed in all manufacturing activities. The manufacturing employment indicator is presented in absolute terms as well as relative to total employment.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency UNIDO
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Organisation U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Agency Staff Name BLS Division of International Technical Cooperation staff
Agency Survey Dataset U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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