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

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The Duchess of Cambridge will return to the workforce with a solo engagement on Tuesday, October 2—her first since taking off for maternity leave in March. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Announces When She's Returning from Maternity Leave," 26 Sep. 2018 Once a bastion of the labor movement, Wisconsin also witnessed a dramatic decline in union membership, to just 8 percent of the workforce. Glenn C. Altschuler,, "'Fall of Wisconsin': Why Dems lose, and keep on losing," 13 July 2018 By 2024, 1 in 4 US workers will be 55 or older, according to the US Department of Labor, more than double the rate in 1994 when 55-plus workers accounted for just 12 percent of the workforce. Mark Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, "With aging populations, companies rethink opportunities for older workers," 21 June 2018 An employee who asked not to be identified further confirmed Yin sent a letter to the workforce but would not confirm its contents. Washington Post, "Report: ZTE chairman promises no more violations, apologizes," 8 June 2018 Research on masters’ students entering the workforce found that women were more likely to take the first salary offered to them, while men were eight times more likely to negotiate for a higher salary, according to Forbes. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 Pomellato has since been known as a woman’s brand: 75% of the Milanese jeweler’s workforce is female, and the vast majority of its clientele are women buying jewels for themselves. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2019 Philanthropy Summit," 16 Apr. 2019 Major testing lab Quest Diagnostics says a small proportion of workforce tests nationally come back positive for marijuana or any other drugs, but the number has been growing in recent years. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "NYC may ban pre-hire marijuana tests for many job applicants," 12 Apr. 2019 The company’s treatment of its workforce is still constantly being scrutinized, and will demand greater attention as Tesla pushes into new regions like China in 2019. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018

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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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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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