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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Women on average comprise about 30 percent of the workforce at the world's largest tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, according to their own diversity reports. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 Some jobs will be consolidated, but that will impact less than 1 percent of the workforce, KIPP Texas leaders said. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "KIPP’s four charter networks merge into single statewide group," 11 July 2018 Even a spark is significant given the decades-long drop in organized labor, which in 1980 represented 20 percent of the U.S. workforce and now only includes 10.7 percent. Washington Post, "Despite setbacks and high court’s ruling, unions show spark," 28 June 2018 That begins with taking stock of the workforce and company culture. Marcie Vaughan, Fortune, "Intel’s CEO Was Forced Out Over an Office Romance. Should It Have Been Allowed?," 22 June 2018 The competition, which began with bathing costumes in Atlantic City in 1920, has struggled to stay relevant in recent decades as women have gained some ground in terms of equality, moving into the workforce and chipping away at the glass ceiling. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Miss America made a welcome change. But let's not pretend pageants are the root of the problem.," 5 June 2018 Pillar One will advance workforce development and vocational education for women. Ivanka Trump, WSJ, "Empower Women to Foster Freedom," 6 Feb. 2019 Women are also more likely to drop out of the workforce to care for children or elderly parents and women’s salaries peak in their 40s, while men’s salaries peak in their 50s. Ellen Sheng, Marie Claire, "Women Need to Think About Investing Differently Than Men," 30 Jan. 2019 Amazon will spend $5 million on job training and other workforce development for people living near its new site, and will hold job fairs and workshops at Queensbridge Houses. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "HQ2: What’s in it for New York, Virginia sites? Amazon lays out some perks," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of workforce

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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