Civilian labor force by age, gender, race, and ethnicity

This table also can be found in the article, "Labor force projections to 2024: the labor force is growing, but slowly," published in the December 2015 Monthly Labor Review.

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Table 3.1 Civilian labor force, by age, gender, race, and ethnicity, 1994, 2004, 2014, and projected 2024 (numbers in thousands)

Group

Level

Change

Percent Change

Percent Distribution

Annual growth rate (percent)

1994

2004

2014

2024

1994–2004

2004–14

2014–24

1994–2004

2004–14

2014–24

1994

2004

2014

2024

1994–2004

2004–14

2014–24

 

Total, 16 years and older

131,056

147,401

155,922

163,770

16,345

8,521

7,848

12.5

5.8

5.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

1.2

0.6

0.5

 

Age, years:

16 to 24

21,612

22,268

21,295

18,498

656

-973

-2,797

3.0

-4.4

-13.1

16.5

15.1

13.7

11.3

0.3

-0.4

-1.4

25 to 54

93,898

102,122

100,767

104,697

8,224

-1,355

3,930

8.8

-1.3

3.9

71.6

69.3

64.6

63.9

0.8

-0.1

0.4

55 and older

15,547

23,011

33,860

40,575

7,464

10,849

6,715

48.0

47.1

19.8

11.9

15.6

21.7

24.8

4.0

3.9

1.8

 

Gender:

Men

70,817

78,980

82,882

86,524

8,163

3,902

3,642

11.5

4.9

4.4

54.0

53.6

53.2

52.8

1.1

0.5

0.4

Women

60,239

68,421

73,039

77,246

8,182

4,618

4,207

13.6

6.7

5.8

46.0

46.4

46.8

47.2

1.3

0.7

0.6

 

Race:

White

111,082

121,086

123,327

126,143

10,004

2,241

2,816

9.0

1.9

2.3

84.8

82.1

79.1

77.0

0.9

0.2

0.2

Black

14,502

16,638

18,873

20,772

2,136

2,235

1,899

14.7

13.4

10.1

11.1

11.3

12.1

12.7

1.4

1.3

1.0

Asian

5,473

6,271

8,760

10,792

798

2,489

2,032

14.6

39.7

23.2

4.2

4.3

5.6

6.6

1.4

3.4

2.1

All other groups(1)

-

3,406

4,961

6,063

-

1,555

1,102

-

45.7

22.2

-

2.3

3.2

3.7

-

3.8

2.0

 

Ethnicity:

Hispanic origin

11,975

19,272

25,370

32,486

7,297

6,098

7,116

60.9

31.6

28.0

9.1

13.1

16.3

19.8

4.9

2.8

2.5

Other than Hispanic origin

119,081

128,129

130,552

131,284

9,048

2,423

732

7.6

1.9

0.6

90.9

86.9

83.7

80.2

0.7

0.2

0.1

White non-Hispanic

100,462

103,202

100,661

97,622

2,740

-2,541

-3,039

2.7

-2.5

-3.0

76.7

70.0

64.6

59.6

0.3

-0.2

-0.3

 

Age of baby boomers

30 to 48

40 to 58

50 to 68

60 to 78

Footnotes:
  1 The "all other groups" category includes (1) those classified as being of multiple racial origin and (2) the racial categories of (2a) American Indian and Alaska Native and (2b) Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders.
Note: Dash indicates no data collected for category. Details may not sum to totals because of rounding

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Last Modified Date: December 8, 2015