workforce

noun
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 So instead of pushing out all 2000-plus pages at the same time, NSF last fall began releasing chapters on science and math education, higher education, the technical workforce, and scientific publications. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "NSF rolls out huge makeover of science statistics," 15 Jan. 2020 Last year, Japan relaxed visa requirements to allow more foreign workers to make up for a declining workforce in a nation with an aging and falling population. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Deputy prime minister calls Japan a nation with single race," 14 Jan. 2020 Last year, Japan relaxed visa requirements to allow more foreign workers to make up for a declining workforce in a nation with an aging and falling population. Washington Post, "Deputy prime minister calls Japan a nation with single race," 14 Jan. 2020 The industry has thus persistently suppressed diversity, with a disproportionately white, wealthy, non-disabled workforce at all levels of the business. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "How assistants, and The Assistant, are challenging the culture of Hollywood," 12 Jan. 2020 Each regional nonprofit operates on a completely volunteer workforce. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Behind the blitz: Falun Gong practitioners spend millions on Shen Yun ads. How do they do it?," 11 Jan. 2020 According to the Free Press report, temps make up as much as 10 percent of the GM workforce, or about 4100 workers as of the end of 2019. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "GM Moves Hundreds of Temp Workers to Full-Time Permanent Jobs," 8 Jan. 2020 In recent years, Netflix has been focused on hiring a more diverse workforce overall, in large part to reflect its increasingly diverse audience. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Netflix is far outpacing Hollywood in hiring female directors," 6 Jan. 2020 Its main contractor is Boeing, which also has a large rocket workforce in the city. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "How big is NASA’s Space Launch System? Check these new images," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Workforce.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workforce. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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workforce

noun
How to pronounce workforce (audio)

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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