labor force

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

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Another driver of economic expansion is growth in our labor force. Tony James, WSJ, "Go for Growth, Fellow Dems," 28 June 2018 The multi-decade effort has paid off, attracting and integrating new immigrants, building a new labor force, and growing a more integrated and prosperous community. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018 There are almost 690,000 of these young people in the U.S. The vast majority, according to government and nonprofit studies, are in the labor force or in school. Camila Russo, Bloomberg.com, "These Are America’s White-Collar Dreamers," 9 July 2018 But there are other options besides remaining in the labor force, and this is a good time to explore them. Peter Finch, New York Times, "Countdown to Retirement: A Five-Year Plan," 6 July 2018 Some 56 million millennials are active in the U.S. labor force, and represent 35 percent of all working Americans, according to the Pew Research Center. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "How Workday Became One of the Best Places to Work for Millennials," 26 June 2018 More recently, opportunities for migration, universal access to contraception, the increase of women in higher education and greater female participation in the labor force have led many to delay starting their families. Time, "White Nationalists Have Capitalized on the West’s Population Problem. These Policies Could Help," 5 June 2018 Massive gaps in the labor force are undercutting critical services here. Anthony Faiola And Rachelle Krygier, chicagotribune.com, "A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electricians," 4 June 2018 Massive gaps in the labor force are undercutting critical services here. Anthony Faiola And Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electricians," 3 June 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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