Persons in the Labor Force, 1840-2005

Statistics showing the the number of workers from 1840-2005.
Grades:
9 |
10 |
11 |
Holidays:
 Labor force1
YearNumber
(thousands)
Percent of
working-age population
18405,42046.6%
18507,69746.8
186010,53347.0
187012,92545.8
188017,39247.3
189023,31849.2
190029,07350.2
191037,37152.2
192042,43451.3
193048,83049.5
194055,64055.7
194553,86057.2
195062,20859.2
1955265,02359.3
196069,62859.4
1965274,45558.9
197082,77160.4%
1975293,77461.2
19802106,94063.8
1985115,46164.8
19902125,84066.5
19952132,30466.6
1996133,94366.8
19972136,29767.1
19982137,67367.1
19992139,36867.1
20002142,58367.1
2001143,73466.8
2002144,86366.6
20032146,51066.2
20042147,40166.0
20052149,32066.0

1. For 1840 to 1930, the data relate to the population and gainful workers at age 10 and over; for 1940 to 1945, the data relate to the population and labor force at age 14 and over; for 1950 onward, the data relate to the population and labor force at age 16 and over.
2. Not strictly comparable with data for prior years.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web: data.bls.gov
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