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Labor Force Participation Drops

Created on September 1, 2011

Labor Force Participation Drops

Labor Force Participation Drops

64.2% 66%

The labor force participation rate—the percentage of working-age persons who are either employed or looking for a job—is at its lowest level since 1984.

Chart 8 • B 2602

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Q1 2011

Q1 2010

Q1 2009

Q1 2008

Q1 2007

Q1 2006

Q1 2005

Q1 2004

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The Employment Situation: Household Survey” / Haver Analytics.