Business: Jobs for Tomorrow

GOVERNMENT and private studies predict that white-collar jobs will occupy more than half the U.S. labor force by 1980, compared with just over a third in 1950 and 43% in 1960. Among the 15 million new jobs expected to become available in the present decade, about a third will call for professional or technical skills. Because of increasing mechanization, the number of agricultural workers will decline 21%, leaving only 2.7% of the labor force on the farm.

The most rapid gains are anticipated in state and local government jobs (up 52%), service industries (up 40%), and construction (up 35%). Job openings should...

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