Economic activity concerned with the sale and use of economic goods and services; service industry. Economically advanced countries have a high proportion of employment in services: USA 75.3%; Britain 72.6%, France 72.4%, Germany 69.2%, Japan 68.1%. See Daniels, O'Connor, and Hutton (1991) Growth and Change 22, 4 on the planning response to service-sector growth in urban areas.
China's employment statistics indicate that industrialization in developing countries may also be accompanied by a percentage rise in services.The corresponding decline of primary and secondary industries in advanced economies has ushered in the post-industrial era.
% employed in primary industry
% employed in secondary industry
% employed in tertiary industry
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China, China Statistics Yearbook (2003).
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