What Are the Top U.S. Industries?
Question/Comment: There’s been a lot of talk recently about saving the financial industry, the auto industry. What are the top U.S. industries, in terms of total dollar value, number of employees, etc? I tried Googling it, but did not use the right words or phrases and came up empty.
Paul Solman: Ah, just what I’ve always longed for: a Google-off. Here’s the latest list I could find, from the U.S. Economic Census, 2002, using the North American Industry Classification System:
|Sales ($1,000)||Payroll ($1,000)||Employees|
|Transportation & Warehousing||382,152,040||115,988,733||3,650,859|
|Finance & Ins.||2,803,854,868||377,790,172||6,578,817|
|Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services||886,801,038||376,090,052||7,243,505|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||1,207,299||495,845,829||15,052,255|
|Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation||141,904,109||45,169,117||1,848,674|
|Accommodation & Food Services||449,498,718||127,554,483||10,120,951|
Order them any way you wish. My only warning is the date: 2002. “Finance and insurance” may well have since shrunk.