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workforce

or work force

[ wurk-fawrs ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌfɔrs /
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noun
the total number of workers in a specific undertaking: a holiday for the company's workforce.
the total number of people employed or employable: a sharp increase in the nation's workforce.
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Also called labor force.

Origin of workforce

First recorded in 1940–45; work + force
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British Dictionary definitions for workforce

workforce
/ (ˈwɜːkˌfɔːs) /

noun
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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