LFP Population Characteristics 2017 By Industry, Occupation, and Sector

Labor Force Participation Survey 2017 Population Characteristics

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CNMI Total

The Accommodation and Food Services, with 23.1% of total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012, was the largest industry in the CNMI in 2017. Public Administration was the second largest industry (12.3%), followed by Retail Trade (11.6%), Construction (8.1%), etc. The smallest industry was the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Mining (0.3%).

By Island

In Saipan, Accommodation and Food Services, with 24.0% of total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012, was the largest industry. Retail Trade was the second largest (11.7%), followed by Public Administration (10.7%), Construction (8.2%), etc. The smallest industry in Saipan was the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Mining (0.3%).

In Tinian, Public Administration, with 23.4% of total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012, was the largest industry. Accommodation and Food Services was the second largest industry (18.2%), followed by Retail Trade (11.6%), Construction (9.5%), etc. The smallest industry in Tinian was the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (0.3%).


In Rota, Public Administration with, 30.7% of the total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012, was the largest industry. Accommodation and Food Services was the second largest industry (11.8%), followed by Other Services (except Public Administration) (11.0%), Retail Trade (10.8%), Education Services and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation (both 6.5%).

By Saipan Districts

There were no reliable estimates of major industry by Districts within Saipan.

CNMI Total

The Office and Administrative Support Occupations, with 14.8% of total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012, was the largest major occupational group in the CNMI at the time of the survey. The Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations was the second largest (12.4%), followed by Sales and Related Occupations (10.2%), Management Occupations (8.8%), etc. The smallest occupational group was the Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (0.1%).

By Island

In Saipan, the Office and Administrative Support Occupations was the largest major occupational group with 14.5% of the total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012. The Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations was the second largest (12.9%), followed by Sales and Related Occupations (10.5%), Management Occupations (9.1%), etc. The smallest occupational group was the Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (0.1%).

In Tinian, The Office and Administrative Support Occupations was the largest major occupational group with 13.5% of the total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012. The Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations was the second largest (9.8%), followed by Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations (9.2%), Sales and Related Occupations (9.1%), etc. The smallest occupational group was the Legal Occupations.


In Rota, the Office and Administrative Support Occupations was the largest major occupational group with 21.6% of the total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012. The Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations was the second largest (12.2%), followed by Management Occupations (7.1%), Construction and Extraction Occupations (6.8%), etc. The smallest occupational group was the Legal Occupations.

By Saipan Districts

There were no reliable estimates of major occupation by Districts within Saipan.

CNMI Total

Persons employed in the private sector was 81.2% of the total persons that reported they worked in 2017 or last worked since 2012, while 18.8% was employed in the public sector.

By Island

The percentage of employees that worked in the private sector was higher in Saipan (83.0%) than in Tinian (70.2%) and was lower in Rota (57.3%).

By Saipan Districts

The percentage of employees that worked in the private sector was highest in District 3 (91.2%) and was lowest in District 5 (73.4%).

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