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Self-employment in 2016

December 31, 2007

Farmers and ranchers are projected to have the highest levels of self-employment in 2016. According to BLS projections, close to a million persons are expected to be working as self-employed farmers and ranchers that year.

Occupations with the most self-employed workers, projected 2016
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Self-employment is also expected to be common in business, service, and other types of occupations. The ten occupations projected to have the most self-employed workers in 2016 are shown in the chart.

These projections are from the Employment Projections program. To learn more, see "Occupational Employment" in the Fall 2007 issue of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Self-employment in 2016 at (visited July 23, 2024).

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