At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, there are still many businesses that are looking to capitalize on the economy’s recent recovery.
In the past few years, these businesses have found ways to help workers by offering low-cost or no-cost employment.
For example, when the stock market crashed, thousands of companies shut down, while others turned to self-employment to pay their workers.
In other cases, businesses have sought to give their workers jobs that are more difficult or require more skills.
Here are the top 10 industries that are employing workers in 2016, according to data compiled by FactSet.
Millworkers At a Glances: 1.1 million Americans were employed in millwork industries in 2016.
This is the lowest number since FactSet began tracking the industry in 2011.
However, these are still more than a quarter of the workforce, and the number of employees working in millworks has continued to increase.
Many of these workers are part-time and many are under age 25.
Food Service Workers At a Time: About 10.6 million Americans worked in food service in 2016 — up nearly 5% from 2015.
The increase in this sector comes largely from an increase in full-time positions.
About 7% of the jobs in this industry are part time and most workers are over 25 years old.
Retail Salespersons At a Moment: 1 million retail salespersons are employed in the U.S. in 2016 and they made up almost one in four jobs in 2016 alone.
About 13% of these jobs are part and part-timers.
The industry also has seen an increase of nearly 6,000 retail salespeople since 2011, and they make up nearly half of all the workers in the retail industry.
Construction Workers At A Moment: 2.5 million construction workers were employed across the U: 1,933,000 construction workers in 2017, up about 12% from 2016.
The number of construction workers has increased since the Great Recession, but there have been some notable job losses in the past several years.
Restaurant and Catering Workers At an End: The number and type of restaurants and catering jobs have decreased in recent years, with many restaurants closing.
However; the number and types of employees in these jobs have increased.
Retail Buyers and Sellers At a End: More than 1.5m retail buyers and sellers were employed at retail establishments in 2016 (up from 1.3 million in 2015).
Retail buyers and sellers make up about 9% of retail employees and have grown over the past five years.
Insurance Workers At End: There were nearly 8.5 billion employees who were covered by a job-related insurance program in 2016: 786 million employees, or 3.5% of all employees.
In 2016, these workers accounted for more than 6% of employment.
Service Employees at End: About 6.4 million service workers were in the workforce in 2016; this number is up from 636,000 in 2015.
Food Preparators At End, Food Preparation and Serving Employees At a Point: About 740,000 food prep and serving employees were employed nationwide in 2016 compared to 736,400 in 2015, a decrease of 1.8% overall.
Transportation Workers At the End: Nearly 6.3 billion people are employed on U. S. roads, bridges, tunnels, and airports, which accounts for more jobs than any other sector.
About one in six transportation workers is part- or full- time.