- the total number of workers in a specific undertaking: a holiday for the company's work force.
- the total number of persons employed or employable: a sharp increase in the nation's work force.
Origin of work force
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called labor force.
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Examples from the Web for workforce
By the end of the construction period, the number of deaths had reached roughly twenty percent of the workforce.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
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Brennan is expected to address the CIA workforce at headquarters on Tuesday.CIA Won’t Defend Its One-Time Torturers
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This workforce is being legalized at a time of unusual economic distress for the working class.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty
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Informal workers make up over half the workforce in much of urban African.Great Cities are Born Filthy
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Yes, unemployment has dropped, but so too has workforce participation.Stock Market America and the Rest of Us
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Officially, in excess of one third of the workforce is unemployed.
Schools used to be able to prepare students to find their place in the workforce even before graduation.The Civilization of Illiteracy
A complex system of incentives and disincentives drives the workforce to dedication and industriousness.
- the total number of workers employed by a company on a specific job, project, etc
- the total number of people who could be employedthe country's workforce is growing rapidly
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Word Origin and History for workforce
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