Contracts in the United States

Overview by

The Active Population in Figures

Main Indicators 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Labor Force 149.320 151.428 153.124 154.287 154.142
Labor Force (Annual Growth, %) 1.01 1.32 1.34 0.75 -0.09
Rate of Activity (%) 62.0 63.1 63.0 62.2 59.3
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.4 4.6 4.6 5.8 9.3

Source: U.S Department of Labor

Note: Labor Force in millions.

Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labor Force) 2007
Management, professional, and related occupations 34.4%
Service Occupations 15.6%
Sales and Offices occupations 25.0%
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 12.5%
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 12.5%

Source: US Census Bureau

For Further Statistics
U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
For Further Information About the Labor Market
U.S Bureau of Census

Management of Human Resources



Method of Recruitment
The recruitment process takes place more and more via Internet. Selection is made on the basis of a job interview.
Recruitment Agencies
There are three types: employment agency, executive recruitment, temporary staffing firm.
Recruitment Websites
American Staffing Association
Career Builder
The Ladders

The Contract

Type of Contract
The contract determines if the employee is part of the regular or non-regular staff. Full time employees form the regular staff. Among the non-regular staff, there are different types of contract: part-time workers, temporary workers, Interns.
Breach of Contracts
  • Retirement
It can take several forms: general resignation, resignation for one’s own convenience, resignation by agreement, resignation by employee’s request, voluntary retirement.
  • Dismissals
In a wrongful dismissal context, this can justify an employer in summarily dismissing an employee.
A serious breach allows the other party to repudiate. In a statutory dismissal context, it can make it more difficult to determine who terminates the employment contract (and hence whether there is a dismissal at all).
  • Other Possible Methods
  • employee resignation on the appropriate notice;
  • employee retirement;
  • the expiry of a fixed-term contract; and
  • the completion of the task for which the contract was concluded.


Labor Laws
The Social Law Library
US Department of Labor

Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
Today most labor unions in the United States are members of one of two larger umbrella organizations: the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) or the Change to Win Federation, which split from the AFL-CIO in 2005.
Unionization Rate
Union Membership had been steadily declining in the US since 1983. In 2007, the labor department reported the first increase in Union memberships in 25 years and the largest increase since 1979. Most of the recent gains in union membership have been in the service sector while the number of unionized employees in the manufacturing sector has declined. Most of the gains in the service sector have come in West Coast states like California where union membership is now at 16.7% compared with a national average of about 12.1%
Regulation Bodies
Department of Labor
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Any Comments About This Content? Report It to Us.

Read more See less
Experts Views (10)
Post your content


Post content about Contracts in the United States and you will be listed here to receive requests for offers.

Contact our expert contributors