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TA B L E 7 .1 Employment by major occupational group, 1986, 1996, and projected 2006 (numbers in thousands of jobs)

Occupational Group

Employment

Change

Number

Percent Distribution

Number

Percent

1986

1996

2006

1986

1996

2006

1986–96

1996–2006

1986–96

1996–2006

Total, all occupations

111,375

132,353

150,927

100.0

100.0

100.0

20,978

18,574

18.8

14.0

Executive, administrative, and managerial

10,568

13,542

15,866

9.5

10.2

10.5

2,974

2,324

28.1

17.2

Professional specialty

13,589

18,173

22,998

12.2

13.7

15.2

4,584

4,826

33.7

26.6

Technicians and related support

3,724

4,618

5,558

3.3

3.5

3.7

894

940

24.0

20.4

Marketing and sales

11,496

14,633

16,897

10.3

11.1

11.2

3,137

2,264

27.3

15.5

Administrative support, including clerical

20,871

24,019

25,825

18.7

18.1

17.1

3,147

1,806

15.1

7.5

Service

17,427

21,294

25,147

15.6

16.1

16.7

3,867

3,853

22.2

18.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and related occupations

3,661

3,785

3,823

3.3

2.9

2.5

124

37

3.4

1.0

Precision production, craft, and repair

13,832

14,446

15,448

12.4

10.9

10.2

614

1,002

4.4

6.9

Operators, fabricators, and laborers

16,206

17,843

19,365

14.6

13.5

12.8

1,637

1,522

10.1

8.5

S O U R C E : George Silvestri, "Occupational employment projections to 2006," Monthly Labor Review, November 1997, p. 59.

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