public sector

the area of the nation's affairs under governmental rather than private control.
Compare private sector.

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public sector
Compare private sector the part of an economy that consists of state-owned institutions, including nationalized industries and services provided by local authorities

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Cultural Dictionary

public sector definition

That part of the economy controlled by the government. (Compare private sector.)

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Example sentences
He improved quality and cut costs by letting private firms compete with the
  public sector to supply many of the city's services.
Yes cuts are painful because they will displace people from jobs n the public
Standard government hiring puts a heavy emphasis on applicants' experience in
  the public sector.
In the public sector, they are promoted and given a raise and a desk job.
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