labor force


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

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More education leads to lower birthrates because women have more knowledge about family planning and more opportunities to enter the labor force and earn money. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018 How many more of those missing workers would re-enter the labor force if wages picked up? Neel Kashkari, WSJ, "Pause Interest-Rate Hikes to Help the Labor Force Grow," 25 Oct. 2018 There are still significant numbers of individuals on the sidelines who could now re-enter the labor force. Phillip Molnar,, "Is the economy in danger of overheating?," 11 May 2018 And the rate for men remains just 1 percentage point above its post-recession low, while women have gained more ground in entering the labor force. Scott Lanman,, "Trump Claims He’s Making the Economy Great Again. Is He?," 20 Dec. 2017 The main reason for the IMF’s errors is that the labor force has grown more slowly than in the past, as aging workers retire and birthrates drop in rich and developing economies alike, says Gian-Maria Milesi-Ferretti, who manages the forecast. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Global Boom, Barely Begun, May Be Over," 23 Jan. 2019 One of them is that those countries that have introduced quotas for women in parliament show higher levels of participation of women in the labor force. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018 The similarities, though, are even greater: Both are recruiting a freelance-gig labor force, some of whom are able to drive and be chargers. Sunil Paul, Recode, "The Scooter Wars will be a bloodbath — and Uber will win," 12 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of labor force

1844, in the meaning defined above

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something valued as if it were money

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