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Services. Service = any activity that fulfills a human want or need Services are located in settlements Location of services is important for profitability Affluent regions tend to offer more services Local diversity is evident in the provision of services. Where Did Services Originate?.

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services
Services
  • Service = any activity that fulfills a human want or need
  • Services are located in settlements
    • Location of services is important for profitability
    • Affluent regions tend to offer more services
    • Local diversity is evident in the provision of services
where did services originate
Where Did Services Originate?
  • Services in early rural settlements
    • Early consumer services met societal needs
      • Examples = burial of the dead, religious centers, manufacturing centers
    • Early public services probably followed religious activities
    • Early business services to distribute and store food
where did services originate1
Where Did Services Originate?
  • Services in early urban settlements
    • Services in ancient cities
      • Earliest urban settlements (e.g., Ur), Athens, Rome
      • Believed that they originated in Mesopotamia and diffuses to Egypt China and the Indus Valley
    • Services in medieval cities
      • Largest settlements were in Asia
      • European cities developed with feudalism
where did services originate2
Where Did Services Originate?
  • Three types of services
    • Consumer services
      • About 44 percent of all jobs in the United States
    • Business services
      • About 24 percent of all jobs in the United States
    • Public services
      • About 17 percent of all jobs in the United States
    • In the United States, all employment growth has occurred in the services sector
employment change in the united states by sector
Employment Change in the United States by Sector

Since the 1970s all employment growth has occurred in the tertiary sector.

The greatest increase can be seen in professional services.

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