What does labor force mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. labor force, labor pool(noun)

    the source of trained people from which workers can be hired


  1. labor force(Noun)

    The collective group of people who are available for employment, i.e. including both the employed and the unemployed.


  1. Labor force

    In the United States, the unemployment rate is estimated by a household survey called the Current Population Survey, conducted monthly by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed persons by the size of the workforce and multiplying that number by 100, where an unemployed person is defined as a person not currently employed but actively seeking work. The size of the workforce is defined as those employed plus those unemployed. The labor force participation rate is the ratio between the labor force and the overall size of their cohort. In the West during the later half of the 20th century, the labor force participation rate increased significantly, largely due to the increasing number of women entering the workplace. In the United States, there were three significant stages of women’s increased participation in the labor force. During the late 19th century through the 1920s, very few women worked. Working women were often young single women who typically withdrew from labor force at marriage unless their family needed two incomes. These women worked primarily in the textile manufacturing industry or as domestic workers. This profession empowered women and allowed them to earn a living wage. At times, they were a financial help to their families. Between 1930 and 1950, female labor force participation increased primarily due to the increased demand for office workers, women participating in the high school movement, and electrification which reduced the time spent on household chores. In the 1950s to the 1970s, most women were secondary earners working mainly as secretaries, teachers, nurses, and librarians. Claudia Goldin and others, specifically point out that by the mid-1970s there was a period of revolution of women in the labor force brought on by different factors. Women more accurately planned for their future in the work force, choosing more applicable majors in college that prepared them to enter and compete in the labor market. In the United States, the labor force participation rate rose from approximately 59% in 1948 to 66% in 2005, with participation among women rising from 32% to 59% and participation among men declining from 87% to 73%.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of labor force in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of labor force in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rogelio Saenz:

    There is no longer the excess labor force that Mexico had just a few decades ago.

  2. John Kihia:

    Naivasha is a big center because it's a freshwater lake and it is not very far from Nairobi, which makes transport easy, people have been growing flowers there for a long time so there is a skilled labor force in place.

  3. Daniel Silver:

    The impacts are expected to be almost negligible given the size of the announced job cuts relative to the overall labor force as well as the fact that unemployment rates for veterans tend to not be that much different than unemployment rates for non-veterans.

  4. Gary Chaison:

    We need a labor force participation that is much, much better, and we need the creation of better jobs and better paying jobs, people are settling for lesser paying jobs because they were laid off from better paying jobs. We have to have jobs that encourage people to return to the work force and give up unemployment benefits.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    The facts are we’re facing now a divided America when it comes to the economy, it’s true that the top 1 percent are doing great under Barack Obama. Today, the top 1 percent earn a higher share of the national income than any year since 1928. The sad reality is that with big government, under the Obama administration, the rich and powerful in the Obama administration have gotten fat and happy. But working men and women across the country, we have the lowest labor force participation since 1978.

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