labor force


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

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Jobs requiring high levels of social interaction grew by nearly 12 percentage points as a share of the U.S. labor force between 1980 and 2012, according to a study published last year by David Deming, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. Kate King, WSJ, "Wanted: Employees Who Can Shake Hands, Make Small Talk," 9 Dec. 2018 More Americans than ever worked outside the home; by 1880, farmers made up a little less than half of the country’s labor force. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 In June, the growth of the labor force was 1.2 percent compared with a year earlier. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find," 23 Oct. 2018 Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research NO: Refugee numbers, an important subset of immigration, are not large enough to majorly impact San Diego’s 3.3 million residents and 1.6 million labor force. Phillip Molnar,, "Will a slowdown in refugees hurt San Diego County’s economy?," 29 June 2018 But there are nine million people, men, outside the labor force. NBC News, "Meet the Press -January 7, 2018," 7 Jan. 2018 By the late 1940s, some estates say that Mexican and Mexican-American labor comprised more than 80% of the agricultural labor force in Southern California. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "How Méndez vs. Westminster Helped End Segregated Schools for Latinx Children in 1940s California," 12 Oct. 2018 Population growth has continued to trickle up, labor force availability, especially in the construction industry, is lackluster at best, and productivity figures for the economy at large show minuscule improvements. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 That's far too few to have a significant effect on the human labor force. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Groundbreaking maker of gentle factory robots shuts down," 8 Oct. 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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