labor force

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Examples of labor force in a Sentence

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

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And women’s share of the labor force is drawing closer to that of men. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "Despite High Costs, More Women Are Interested in Single Motherhood," 29 June 2019 More women entering the labor force created more wage earners, as well as more consumers, and played a role in increasing real GDP. Bob Sellers, Fortune, "If the Economy's So Good, Why is GDP So Low?," 27 June 2019 However, the state’s labor force has shrunk this year, by 300 jobs since January. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "State: Employers in Connecticut cut 1,500 jobs in May as employment growth seen as ‘rather flat’," 20 June 2019 The flow of new workers into the labor force also suggests room to grow faster even with a jobless rate at a historically low 3.9%. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Jobs for the Forgotten Man," 4 Jan. 2019 Growth has been driven by adding unemployed workers back into the labor force. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The big question about today’s economy — are wages going to start growing?," 23 Aug. 2018 Whether Uber and Lyft drivers remain independent contractors or must be treated as employees goes to the heart of the on-demand economy’s reliance on a casual labor force to keep costs down. Josh Eidelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Uber, Lyft Executives Urge California Compromise on Driver Pay," 12 June 2019 Whether Uber and Lyft drivers remain independent contractors or must be treated like employees goes to the heart of the on-demand economy’s reliance on a casual labor force to keep costs down. Wire Report, The Mercury News, "Uber, Lyft executives urge California compromise on driver pay," 12 June 2019 Women’s labor force participation rate right now is 57.5 percent, according to the Labor Department. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s speech exaggerates border peril," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of labor force

1844, in the meaning defined above

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