2.08 Workforce Participation

This page includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau on workforce participation. The workforce participation rate is the proportion of the working age population in the labor force, including both persons who are employed and those who are unemployed. This chart includes workforce participation data for the ages of 16 to 64, alongside data for ages 16 and older that includes members of the workforce aged 65 and older. A person of working age is classified as working full-time, year-round if they report usually working 35 hours or more per week for 50 to 52 weeks in the past 12 months. A person in this age range who reports usually working 1 to 34 hours per week and/or 1 to 49 weeks in the past 12 months is classified as working part-time. Similarly, the disabled workforce participation rates are calculated for the proportion of the population ages 20 to 64 with a disability.


U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year


Where the standard workforce participation rate calculates the proportion of the working population ages 16 to 64, this chart includes the older working population, over age 65. Disabled workforce participation rate is not calculated for the population ages 16 to 19 with a disability. Disabled workforce participation data were not available for 2005-2009 and are displayed for 2010-2014 only. Weeks worked include paid vacation and paid sick leave.