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The Changing Labor Market for 150 Years

An Amazing Visualization Of The U.S. Labor Market Over The Past 150 Years

“In 1850 nearly half of Americans worked on a farm. Today that share is less than two percent.

Technological and economic development have led to a massive decrease in farmers and laborers. At the same time the service sector has surged, with vast increases in office jobs.

The following charts from the UC Berkeley Visualization Labs show every occupation’s share of the labor force over time, with male workers in blue and female in red.

You can see an interactive chart here or click on to see close-ups of the biggest labor shifts.

Click here to see the charts > (There are 50 charts!)”

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Posted on: June 16, 2011, 8:13 am Category: Uncategorized

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