labor force

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the corporation has a labor force of nearly 100,000 people

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Social Security and Medicare depend on a large future labor force, and both programs have had to dip into their trust-fund principal, in part because of the low worker-to-retiree ratio. Leonard M. Lopoo And, WSJ, "Washington Is Biased Against Babies," 25 July 2018 The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation estimates that Trump’s enacted and proposed tariffs completely reverse the tax bill’s positive effects on the labor force. Emily Stewart, Vox, "They’re not.," 24 July 2018 An economy's potential for growth is determined by an expansion in the labor force, which is determined largely by birth rates and immigration, as well as the growth in productivity. Martin Crutsinger, Fox News, "US productivity grew at strong 2.9 percent rate in Q2," 15 Aug. 2018 The participation rate, or share of working-age people in the labor force, increased to 62.9 percent from 62.7 percent the prior month. Fortune, "U.S. Added 213,000 Jobs in June as Unemployment Rose From an 18-Year-Low," 6 July 2018 While the ranks of private-sector union workers have steadily declined and make up just 6.5 percent of the labor force, public unions have grown and comprise 34.4 percent of all government employees. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court rules against unions: How labor decision will affect union pay, benefits," 27 June 2018 According to the latest numbers from payroll processor ADP, which tracks about 20 percent of the labor force, average pay for new entrants ages 24 and younger increased by 5.2 percent in March compared to their counterparts in 2017 (2.5 percent). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "First job salaries for college grads up 5.2 percent from 2017," 21 May 2018 The participation rate, or share of working-age people in the labor force, decreased to 62.9 percent after jumping 0.3 percentage point to 63 percent in the prior month. Bloomberg.com, "Powell: U.S. Federal Budget Is Not on a Sustainable Path," 6 Apr. 2018 More troubling from a long-term perspective, the nation’s labor force and economy have both grown much more sluggishly over the past two decades than over the previous five. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Utah Shows How Labor-Force Growth Fuels Economic Growth," 18 Jan. 2019

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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