DPE Releases New Service Sector Publication

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2001
CONTACT: Pamela Wilson
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Professional and Technical Workers Continue to Turn to the Labor Movement

Washington, DC — The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) today released its latest publication, The Service Sector: A Statistical Portrait, 2000 Edition. The report examines the growth in service sector employment and projections for the future, earnings in service sector industries, union membership and its financial benefits, and the service sector’s increasingly important role in the nation’s trade balance.

“The United States is the world’s premier producer and exporter of services,” said Paul E. Almeida, DPE’s president. “Looking ahead, the service sector is poised to play an ever larger role in the U.S. economy, with service sector jobs expected to account for virtually the entire gain in employment over the next decade. The service sector accounts for the vast majority of professional and technical employment. The revolutionary changes in corporate structures, the growing incidences of mergers and liquidations, and increasing competitiveness in the market-place is leading an increasing number of professional and technical workers to seek a meaningful voice in the workplace. They are turning to the labor movement to achieve that voice.”

Highlights include:

  • In 1950, 45% of the work force was employed in the service sector. By the end of the twentieth century, the service sector accounted for more than 80% of all civilian non-farm employment.
  • This dramatic increase in the service sector is expected to continue. The service sector will remain the dominant source of growth in employment and output between 1998 and 2008.
  • The fastest growing industry in the entire economy, and the third fastest growing in terms of output, is the computer and data processing services industry.
  • Union jobs in goods-producing and service sector industries pay more than non-union jobs.

The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE), was chartered in 1977 in recognition of the dramatic rise in professional employees among union members. DPE comprises 23 affiliated union representing more than four million white collar workers.