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Labor Force Participation* Among Persons Aged 16 and Older, by Sex, 1975-2008**

From 1975 to 2008, Labor Force Participation

  • slightly decreased for males
  • gradually increased and evened out for females
Percent of Population
Female Male

*Includes persons employed or not employed and actively seeking employment.

**Due to changes in data collection methodology, estimates may not be strictly comparable over years.

Source I.11: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey

1975 44.3 77.9
2008 59.5 73.0

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