labor force

noun

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Examples of labor force in a Sentence

the corporation has a labor force of nearly 100,000 people
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 2 million women have dropped out of the U.S. labor force since the pandemic began. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 3 June 2021 Close to 3 million women left the U.S. labor force during the pandemic. USA Today, 3 June 2021 Participation in the labor force has seen a big drop, too. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 How will these shifting needs, and the shrinking proportion of the population in the labor force, affect the country’s ability to function, purely from a labor market perspective? Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 26 May 2021 San Diego has thesecond-lowest female participation in the labor force among major American cities, according to the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2021 Florida State economist Patrick Mason, who has for decades researched the experience of Black Americans in the labor force, agreed. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 An accelerated drop in the labor force could make that tough. Laura He, CNN, 12 May 2021 The unemployment rate rose from 6% to 6.1% as a large increase in the labor force -- the number of Americans working or looking for jobs -- more than offset solid employment gains, the Labor Department said Friday. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of labor force

1844, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Labor force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labor%20force. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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