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Labor force

Labor force, that part of a nation's population that is either employed or capable of employment. In the United States, the labor force includes all citizens above the age of 16 who are working, actively looking for work, or in the armed forces. Those who are retired, full-time homemakers, students, or handicapped are excluded.

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