labor force


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

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For example, the labor force participation of women ages 25 to 34 rose from 75.2% in 2008 to 75.9% in 2018. Gad Levanon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "America is too focused on the unemployment rate. Here's what we need to be looking at," 5 Sep. 2019 The unemployment rate and labor force participation rate come from a survey of about 60,000 households out of more than 127 million in the country. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Surveys are harder, more complicated than people think," 25 Aug. 2019 But unemployment held at 3.7 percent, while wage gains and labor force participation ticked up in July. NBC News, "Market fears job growth slowdown could accelerate in spite of rate cut," 2 Aug. 2019 The jobless edged up to 3.7% in June as labor force participation rose. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: California Inc.: The ‘grim picture’ of getting divorced after 50," 29 July 2019 Teen labor force participation reached an all-time peak of nearly 58% in 1979, according to Brookings. Robert Channick,, "High school students shunning character-building summer jobs for classes, academic camps and resume-worthy activities," 25 July 2019 On average, across the region, female labor force participation grew from 47% to 52%, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report (pdf). Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The CEO of Pro Mujer on how women are key to Latin America’s success," 16 June 2019 At the other end of the spectrum, senior labor force participation in 2017 was less than 12 percent in nearly 14 percent of counties with at least 6,000 residents. Andrew Soergel,, "Seniors are more likely to work past 65 in big metro areas like Boston, data show," 10 June 2019 Having been among the pioneers of women's workforce participation in the 1990s, the United States slid to 20th place among 22 advanced OECD economies for women's labor force participation by 2016. Janet Lawrence, The Christian Science Monitor, "Adding more women to workforce could extend bull market, study finds," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of labor force

1844, in the meaning defined above

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