Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: May 28, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963930 | Print ISBN: 9781412941655 | Online ISBN: 9781412963930| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sara F. Bradley
Social scientists often refer to labor sectors as divisions of the economy. There are several ways to describe labor sectors, but all of them refer to systems of grouping similar labor or broad classifications of industries. One common system of labor sector divisions distinguishes between the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors. The primary sector refers to the segment of the economy working directly with raw materials from the natural environment. This sector includes industries such as agriculture, mining, and forestry. The secondary sector includes industries producing manufactured goods. Service activities such as banking, retail sales, transportation, and communication ...