USA: Self-employment

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 USA

Self-employment, percent of total employment

 Latest value 6.28
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 7.32
 Min - Max 6.09 - 9.02
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1991 to 2022. The average value for the USA during that period was 7.32 percent with a minimum of 6.09 percent in 2019 and a maximum of 9.02 percent in 1991. The latest value from 2022 is 6.28 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 179 countries is 40.56 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
USA - Self-employment - Recent values chart

Historical chart
USA - Self-employment - historical chart - 1991-2022




Definition: Self-employed workers are those workers who, working on their own account or with one or a few partners or in cooperative, hold the type of jobs defined as a "self-employment jobs." i.e. jobs where the remuneration is directly dependent upon the profits derived from the goods and services produced. Self-employed workers include four sub-categories of employers, own-account workers, members of producers' cooperatives, and contributing family workers.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 170.60 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 3.65 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 3.47 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 3.80 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 7.98 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 61.86 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 46.46 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 56.51 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 67.39 2023 percent
 Self-employment 6.28 2022 percent
 Employment 161.55 9/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 3.80 9/2023 percent
 Labor cost 140.10 Q3/2023 index points
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