2.01 Industry Sector Employment & Wages

This page includes data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the distribution of employment and the percentage of employment change (an increase or decrease in jobs) by industry. The same data is then used to give a breakdown of annual average wage growth by industry. The BLS uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which groups similar establishments into industry sectors. Descriptions of the selected industry sectors used in this indicator are in the notes below.


The lighter bars in the chart represent overall percentage of employment by industry in the first chart and average weekly wage by industry in the second chart. The darker bars represent change by industry, showing employment percentage change in the first chart and average wage growth in the second. Agriculture, mining, utilities, and public administration employment numbers are not included either because they each represent less than 1% of overall regional employment, or because the data are not disclosable. The following are descriptions for the industry sectors used in this indicator:

Accommodation and Food Services: establishments providing customers with lodging and prepared meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption

Administrative and Waste Services: establishments performing routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other firms

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: establishments operating facilities or providing services to meet varied cultural, entertainment, and recreational interests of their patrons

Construction: establishments primarily engaged in the construction of buildings or engineering projects

Educational Services: establishments providing instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects

Finance and Insurance: establishments primarily engaged in financial transactions (transactions involving the creation, liquidation, or change in ownership of financial assets) and/or in facilitating financial transactions

Health Care and Social Assistance: establishments providing health care and social assistance for individuals

Information: establishments engaged in producing and distributing information and cultural products, providing the means to transmit or distribute these products as well as data or communications, and processing data

Management of Companies and Enterprises: establishments holding the securities of—or other equity interests in—other firms; and administering, overseeing, and managing establishments of other firms

Manufacturing: establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products

Professional and Technical Services: establishments specializing in performing professional, scientific, and technical activities for others

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: establishments primarily engaged in renting, leasing, or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets

Retail Trade: establishments engaged in the sale of merchandise to final consumers, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise

Transportation and Warehousing: establishments providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation

Wholesale Trade: establishments engaged in the distribution of merchandise to retailers, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise