work·​force | \ ˈwərk-ˌfȯrs How to pronounce workforce (audio) \

Definition of workforce

1 : the workers engaged in a specific activity or enterprise the factory's workforce
2 : the number of workers potentially assignable for any purpose the nation's workforce

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Examples of workforce in a Sentence

We have a workforce of 2,400 people. the office's entire workforce is devoted to a single project right now
Recent Examples on the Web Beyond traditional classroom and workforce training programs, Northshore Technical has options for Adult Education, ESL and YouthBuild programs., "Southeastern graduates1,000-plus students, honors Covington woman," 18 Jan. 2021 The workforce is made up of people from all over Alaska, Thomas said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "With fewer new cases and a bolstered workforce, Alaska’s COVID-19 contact tracing is finally rebounding," 18 Jan. 2021 In Central Texas, the company works with the Austin Community College District to offer a coding and technology training program for students from kindergarten through the workforce. Dallas News, "Apple commits $100 million to racial equity programs while disclosing its own diversity hiring record," 18 Jan. 2021 The first step in diversifying the workforce and leadership ranks is making sure the opportunity is open to any candidate who is qualified for the job. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "A Martin Luther King Day reading list about race in the workplace," 17 Jan. 2021 Last year, women made up 47% of the company’s global workforce, up from 40% in 2017. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Trillion dollar question: Will workers share in the savings from remote work?," 15 Jan. 2021 Over the past 10 years, the IRS workforce has shrunk by about 20 percent. Washington Post, "Don’t file a paper 2020 federal tax return if you don’t have to, IRS watchdog warns," 15 Jan. 2021 The positions eliminated represent about 1.4 percent of Frost’s roughly 4,700-person workforce. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio’s Frost Bank confirms layoffs, its first in nearly two decades," 15 Jan. 2021 Nearly 70% of the predominantly Latino workforce — 369 people at the time of the outbreak, according to the racing board — lives at the track in small, aging, dormitory-like rooms. Ron Kroichick,, "Why one of the Bay Area’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks hit a horse racing track," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of workforce

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of workforce was in 1931

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24 Jan 2021

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“Workforce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of workforce

: the group of people who work for a particular organization or business
: the number of people in a country or area who are available for work

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