work·​force ˈwərk-ˌfȯrs How to pronounce workforce (audio)
: the workers engaged in a specific activity or enterprise
the factory's workforce
: the number of workers potentially assignable for any purpose
the nation's workforce

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 That figure, which would make the cartels the country’s fifth-largest employer, has steadily risen during the last decade, according to their study, which was published Thursday in the journal Science and relied on a variety of data to build a mathematical model of the workforce. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 The agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, formalizes Hyundai and Georgia Tech’s partnership on EV and hydrogen research and establishes workforce training and curricula for Hyundai’s EV and battery factory near the Georgia coast and a battery plant in Bartow County. Zachary Hansen, ajc, 19 Sep. 2023 In a release issued by the union, Ellen Frank, interim president of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, said that the process went relatively quickly because management and staff both wanted to support the well-being and longevity of the workforce., 19 Sep. 2023 The group's recommendations range from strengthening the state's Division of Children and Family Services workforce to making crisis response services and associated support services more accessible for families or youths in crisis. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2023 Unions across America have also declined, peaking in 1945 at 33.4% of the workforce. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 17 Sep. 2023 Such a large generation is bound to leave a wave rather than a ripple of impact, as an aging workforce and population has outsized effects on everything from the job market to politics. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 The Lavender Scare, also a product of the Cold War, revolved around associating homosexuality with threats to national security, marking gay and lesbian members of the federal workforce in particular as vulnerable to espionage. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2023 By 2030, Generation Z will account for nearly one-third of the U.S. workforce. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Workforce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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work·​force ˈwərk-ˌfō(ə)rs How to pronounce workforce (audio)
: the workers of a specific activity or business
the factory's workforce

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