2007/01/25 Services top world industry, UN report says (IHT)

From the January 25, 2007 issue of the International Herald Tribune ....

The world's biggest source of employment is for the first time the services sector, rather than agriculture and industry, a UN report said Thursday.

Some 40 percent of global workers are employed in the services sector, compared with 38.7 percent in agriculture and 21.3 in industry, the United Nations' International Labor Organization said in its annual report. Ten years ago, 43.1 percent of employees worked in agriculture, and 35.5 percent in services.

There may be a jump in developing countries directly from agricultural to services (without industrial as an intermediate step.

The trend toward work shifting from agriculture to services was particularly pronounced in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, the report said.

Read the full article at the International Herald Tribune.

Submitted by daviding on Mon, 2007-02-12 16:46.
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