Bar chart #19 – The employment status of adults in the US in 2003 and 2013

The chart shows the employment status of adults in the US in 2003 and 2013 

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The given bar chart illustrates the percentage of American adults in different fields of employment from 2003 to 2013. 

In general, it can be seen that there were increases in the percentages of people working in education training, the hotel industry, the building industry, and the self-employment sector, while the medical, and business sectors saw decreases over this ten-year period. The unemployment rate also significantly dropped during this time. 

In 2003, approximately 8%, 3%, and 10% of American adults were employed in education training, the hotel industry, and building respectively. The figures for these fields all rose to around 20% over the following ten years. Additionally, the percentage of self-employed people almost tripled, from around 10% to just over 30% during the period. 

In 2013, around a quarter of the American working population chose to run their own businesses, which had seen a two-fold decrease from 2003. Similarly, percentages of those in the medical industry also dropped by half, from 20% to 10%, over the period. 

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