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SERVICE: An activity that provides direct satisfaction of wants and needs without the production of a tangible product or good. Examples include information, entertainment, and education. This term service should be contrasted with the term good, which involves the satisfaction of wants and needs with tangible items. You're likely to see the plural combination of these two into a single phrase, "goods and services," to indicate the wide assortment of economic production from the economy's scarce resources.

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EMPLOYED:

The condition in which a resource (especially labor) is actively engaged in a productive activity usually in exchange for an explicit factor payment (such as wage or salary). This general condition forms the conceptual basis for one of the three categories used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to classify an individual's labor force status. The specific BLS classification is employed persons. The other two BLS categories are unemployed persons and not in the labor force.
In general, people are considered employed if they are paid to engage in the production of goods and services. The person produces a good. The employer sells the good and uses the revenue to compensate the employee with a wage or salary payment.

Preston Pumpernickel provides a general example of being employed. Preston is gainfully employed as a computer programmer at the Quadra DG Computer Works. He spends his days (and a few nights and weekends) writing computer programs used by Quadra DG computers. The company sells these products, then uses the revenue to pay Preston for his services with a sizeable monthly paycheck. Preston is employed.

While Preston provides the most common example of being employed, a person can be considered employed for several reasons.

  • One obvious way a person is considered employed is to work as a paid employee, as exemplified by Preston.

  • Another is working with or without explicit pay as the owner of a business, such as a proprietorship or partnership.

  • An employed person can also work without pay in a family-operated business.

  • Lastly, a person can be considered employed if they are not actively working due to a temporary absence from work, such as illness, or vacation from a paying job.
One obvious alternative to being employed is being unemployed. Being unemployed means a person is willing and able to engage in production, is actively seeking employment, but is not actually producing any goods and services. Another alternative is to be totally out of the labor force. Students, homemakers, young children, and retired folks are common examples of people who are neither employed nor unemployed--they are simply not part of the labor force.

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