2018 Workforce Statistics by Industry Sector

Industry Sector

Sales per Employee (thousands
of dollars)

No. employees (millions)

Growth in employment %

Natural Resources & Materials 411 2.5 -0.1
Oil, Gas & Chemicals 990 3.3 -0.2
Consumer Products 330 4.5 2.0
Health Care 289 4.1 4.3
Public Utilities 865 1.6 1.5
Retail 231 14.1 3.0
Financial Services 642 7.6 2.4
Electronics & Scientific Instruments 259 2.6 3.7
Computers & Software 280 5.3 4.1
Industrial Equipment & Furnishings 292 2.7 0.7
Transportation & Travel 340 9.9 3.4
Services except Healthcare 114 4.7 4.2
Construction & Real Estate 491 1.1 6.2
Communication Products & Services 406 5.7 2.6
Wholesale 1166 1.2 3.8
All sectors combined 389 70.9 2.8
Workforce Ratios & Forecasts is the source of information for the above table. Covered in that annual study are over 6,100 companies and 390 industries. Presented for each company is historical 2017 headcount, 2018 sales per employee and gross margin per employee, as well as 2018 and 2019 forecasted headcount and growth rates in employment and sales. Use it to track competition, justify head counts, screen potential acquisitions, and set manpower budgets. Includes industry and company rankings and data on over 400 non-U.S. headquartered companies. Bought by human resource personnel, recruiters, placement directors and corporate libraries. Published June 2018.