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 Despite the sharp drop in youth employment in the spring and summer of 2020, the pandemic has largely revived teenage employment, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, a Northeastern University economist who studies the youth workforce. Annie Probert,, 22 May 2022 Jason Bickling, community development director for the City of Seward, said the situation extends beyond the seasonal workforce. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 In addition to generating sales leads for Northshore, Trosper said, their role in Nevada was to manage the local workforce of testers and the collection of specimens. Anjeanette Damon, ProPublica, 20 May 2022 Invest in nontraditional workforce composition and distribution. Jacob Kupietzky, Forbes, 20 May 2022 What happens when millions of individuals who’ve grown up as network natives start joining the workforce? Reid Hoffman, WSJ, 20 May 2022 One survey conducted in the U.K. estimates almost one in five menopausal women are considering exiting the workforce due to lack of support from their companies. Kells Mcphillips, Fortune, 20 May 2022 Last year’s class of new senior executives was the most diverse in the agency’s history, with 47% women and 27% people from minority backgrounds, which exceed the percentages of women and minorities in the agency’s total workforce. Nomaan Merchant, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2022 The other measure would provide an extra $28 million to the FDA to aid in getting rid of fraudulent formula products in stores and to boost the workforce focused on formula. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of workforce

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workforce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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