labor-force-participation

The U.S. labor force is still shrinking. Here’s why.

The U.S. labor force dropped to 62.8 percent in October--the lowest level since 1978. Here are three big reasons why it keeps dropping.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 8, 2013

The recovery is racist

Employment is down much more among black men than among any other race/gender group in the country.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2013

Three reasons the U.S. labor force keeps shrinking

Only 63.2 percent of Americans are working or looking for work — the lowest level since 1978. Here's why.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 6, 2013

Forget the unemployment rate. Here’s the chart to focus on on jobs day.

Forget the unemployment rate. The employment to population ratio is where it's at — especially if broken down by age group.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2013

The depressing reality of ‘the recovery’: Americans aren’t getting jobs. They’re retiring.

If labor force participation hadn't declined between 2007 and 2012, then unemployment wouldn't have gone down one whit.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 24, 2013

The April jobs report, in 8 charts

Like we always do at this time, let's break down the surprisingly sunny April jobs report.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 3, 2013

WONKFEUD: Why the Wall Street Journal is wrong about labor-force participation

Here's why you can't look to demographics to explain away the drop in labor force participation.

The March jobs report, in seven charts

We break down the first post-sequester jobs report in all its underwhelming glory.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 5, 2013

Why the U.S. has a lower rate of working women than Europe does

Generous family leave policies encourage women to stay in the workforce. But they could also keep them out of leadership roles.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 15, 2013

The jobs report, in six charts

This month's jobs report was pretty positive. Let's take a deeper dive into the data.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 2, 2012

The jobs report in six charts

Today's job report was pretty fantastic. Let's break it down.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 5, 2012
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