- the area of the nation's economy under private rather than governmental control.
Compare public sector.
Origin of private sector
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for private sector
Ironically, the private-sector unions have also suffered politically from the sins of the public sector.
Public-sector unions grew rapidly, but private-sector unions shrank.
But that cannot happen when private-sector workers experience guilt-by-association with unpopular public-sector union actions.
In May 2013, the first private-sector green bond was issued by PNE Wind, a German company that builds and runs wind farms.The Bond Market Goes Green
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
A few million people is a lot of people, but there are 150 million other Americans with private-sector insurance.It’s Time for Obama to Go on Offense on Health Care
November 19, 2013
- the part of a country's economy that consists of privately owned enterprisesCompare public sector
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