labor force


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the corporation has a labor force of nearly 100,000 people
Recent Examples on the Web Some 12 million Mexicans dropped out of the labor force in April, according to Mexico’s national statistics agency, and roughly 1 million formal-sector jobs disappeared between March and May. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘What we do is help’: Mexican neighbors boost each other in pandemic," 6 July 2020 Those same people who make up a significant segment of the culinary labor force. Soleil Ho,, "What can we do to save the restaurant industry? Why is it ours to save?," 6 July 2020 Another less positive factor limiting the jobless rate is that people have dropped out of the labor force and are no longer looking for work. Washington Post, "Europe contains jobless rate, but faces summer of discontent," 2 July 2020 The June jobs report also showed that people are turning to the workforce as the labor force participation rate increased by 0.7% to 61.5%. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Trump touts June job gains: 'Extremely good news'," 2 July 2020 And while the percentage of that labor force that is unemployed grew, the raw number of people with jobs bumped slightly higher, growing to 8.3 million from 8.16 million. Terry Spencer And Kelli Kennedy, USA TODAY, "Unemployment in Florida hits record high, but peak may be near," 20 June 2020 More than a quarter of the labor force at the beginning of March was on jobless benefits by the end of April. Christine Romans, CNN, "Donald Trump, the stock market cheerleader-in-chief is back," 17 June 2020 Nevada had the highest insured unemployment rate, with 22.6% of its labor force receiving jobless benefits. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Another 1.48 million people filed for unemployment even as states begin to reopen," 25 June 2020 First, the state's labor force grew from 9.5 million in April to 9.7 million in May, meaning some people who had stopped looking for work in March and April rejoined the market. Terry Spencer And Kelli Kennedy, USA TODAY, "Unemployment in Florida hits record high, but peak may be near," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of labor force

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Labor force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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