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date: 19 April 2024

Service Sector. 

Source:
The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Elizabeth FaueElizabeth Faue

In the global economy, most women workers in industrial and postindustrial nations are gainfully employed in the service sector. Service industries are considered the tertiary sector of the economy, as distinct from the primary sector of agriculture and extractive industries, such as mining and timber, and the secondary sector of manufacturing. Over the past century, service sector occupations and businesses have grown as private, unpaid household labor has diminished and governments have provided a wider range of public services. Though many facets of the contemporary service economy have emerged only in the past forty years (computer repair, online dating services, and telemarketing, for example), service as work is among the oldest known forms of paid employment. Services were also performed as family work, slave work, and contract labor.... ...

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