work force

or workforce


noun

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.

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Also called labor force.

Origin of work force

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

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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