- work force.
- (in the U.S.) the body of people who are at least 14 years old and are either employed or available for employment.
Origin of labor force
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for labor force
Any "good" news is more a product of the nonfarm payroll report's methodology – specifically, its labor-force masking effect.What the August Jobs Number Misses
September 6, 2012
The sales-force is as truly a part of the labor-force of a corporation as are the mechanics.The Value of Money
Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
In his labor-force he has his competence, and, if he makes no use of it, that is his fault.The Ego and His Own
If, as we have seen, labor has no value this is by no means the case with labor-force.
The owner of money pays out a day's value of labor-force but there belongs to him its use for the day, the whole day's labor.
It would have to direct the plan of production in accordance with the means of production to which labor-force also belongs.