Civilian labor force participation rates by age, sex, race, and ethnicity

This table also can be found in the article, "Labor force projections to 2022: the labor force participation rate continues to fall," published in the December 2013 Monthly Labor Review.

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Table 3.3 Civilian labor force participation rates by age, sex, race, and ethnicity, 1992, 2002, 2012, and projected 2022
(In percent)

Group

Participation rate

Percentage-point change

Annual growth rate

1992

2002

2012

2022

1992—2002

2002—2012

2012—2022

1992—2002

2002—2012

2012—2022

Total, 16 years and older

66.4

66.6

63.7

61.6

0.2

-2.9

-2.1

0.0

-0.4

-0.3

16 to 24

66.1

63.3

54.9

49.6

-2.9

-8.4

-5.3

-0.4

-1.4

-1.0

16 to 19

51.3

47.4

34.3

27.3

-3.8

-13.1

-7.0

-0.8

-3.2

-2.3

20 to 24

77.1

76.4

70.9

67.3

-0.7

-5.5

-3.6

-0.1

-0.7

-0.5

25 to 54

83.6

83.3

81.4

81.0

-0.3

-1.9

-0.4

0.0

-0.2

-0.1

25 to 34

83.7

83.7

81.7

81.1

0.0

-2.0

-0.6

0.0

-0.2

-0.1

35 to 44

85.1

84.1

82.6

81.8

-0.9

-1.5

-0.8

-0.1

-0.2

-0.1

45 to 54

81.5

82.1

80.2

79.9

0.6

-1.9

-0.3

0.1

-0.2

0.0

55 and older

29.7

34.5

40.5

41.5

4.9

6.0

1.0

1.5

1.6

0.3

55 to 64

56.2

61.9

64.5

67.5

5.7

2.6

3.0

1.0

0.4

0.5

55 to 59

67.4

70.7

72.5

75.5

3.2

1.8

3.0

0.5

0.3

0.4

60 to 64

45.0

50.5

55.2

59.8

5.5

4.7

4.6

1.2

0.9

0.8

60 to 61

56.0

59.7

63.8

68.4

3.7

4.1

4.6

0.6

0.7

0.7

62 to 64

37.7

43.7

49.1

53.8

5.9

5.4

4.7

1.5

1.2

0.9

65 and older

11.5

13.2

18.5

23.0

1.7

5.3

4.5

1.4

3.4

2.2

65 to 74

16.3

20.4

26.8

31.9

4.1

6.5

5.1

2.3

2.8

1.7

65 to 69

20.6

26.1

32.1

38.3

5.4

6.0

6.2

2.4

2.1

1.8

70 to 74

11.1

14.0

19.5

24.0

2.9

5.5

4.5

2.3

3.4

2.1

75 to 79

6.3

7.4

11.4

14.9

1.1

4.0

3.5

1.7

4.4

2.7

75 and older

4.5

5.1

7.6

10.5

0.6

2.5

2.9

1.3

4.1

3.3

 

Men, 16 years and older

75.8

74.1

70.2

67.6

-1.7

-3.9

-2.6

-0.2

-0.5

-0.4

16 to 24

70.5

65.5

56.5

51.1

-5.0

-9.0

-5.4

-0.7

-1.5

-1.0

16 to 19

53.4

47.5

34.0

27.8

-5.9

-13.5

-6.2

-1.2

-3.3

-2.0

20 to 24

83.3

80.7

74.5

69.9

-2.6

-6.2

-4.6

-0.3

-0.8

-0.6

25 to 54

93.0

91.0

88.7

88.2

-1.9

-2.3

-0.5

-0.2

-0.3

-0.1

25 to 34

93.8

92.4

89.5

88.8

-1.3

-2.9

-0.7

-0.1

-0.3

-0.1

35 to 44

93.7

92.1

90.7

90.4

-1.6

-1.4

-0.3

-0.2

-0.2

0.0

45 to 54

90.7

88.5

86.1

85.1

-2.3

-2.4

-1.0

-0.3

-0.3

-0.1

55 and older

38.4

42.0

46.8

46.2

3.6

4.8

-0.6

0.9

1.1

-0.1

55 to 64

67.0

69.2

69.9

71.0

2.2

0.7

1.1

0.3

0.1

0.2

55 to 59

79.0

78.0

78.0

77.8

-1.0

0.0

-0.2

-0.1

0.0

0.0

60 to 64

54.7

57.6

60.5

64.3

2.9

2.9

3.8

0.5

0.5

0.6

60 to 61

67.2

67.3

68.8

69.7

0.1

1.5

0.9

0.0

0.2

0.1

62 to 64

46.2

50.4

54.6

60.5

4.2

4.2

5.9

0.9

0.8

1.0

65 and older

16.1

17.9

23.6

27.2

1.8

5.7

3.6

1.1

2.8

1.4

65 to 74

21.1

25.5

31.8

35.9

4.4

6.3

4.1

1.9

2.2

1.2

65 to 69

26.0

32.2

37.1

41.6

6.3

4.9

4.5

2.2

1.4

1.2

70 to 74

15.0

17.6

24.2

28.8

2.6

6.6

4.6

1.6

3.2

1.8

75 to 79

9.0

10.2

15.9

19.0

1.2

5.7

3.1

1.2

4.6

1.8

75 and older

7.3

7.6

11.3

13.9

0.4

3.7

2.6

0.5

4.0

2.1

 

Women, 16 years and older

57.8

59.6

57.7

56.0

1.8

-1.9

-1.7

0.3

-0.3

-0.3

16 to 24

61.8

61.1

53.2

48.1

-0.7

-7.9

-5.1

-0.1

-1.4

-1.0

16 to 19

49.1

47.3

34.6

26.7

-1.7

-12.7

-7.9

-0.4

-3.1

-2.6

20 to 24

70.9

72.1

67.4

64.7

1.2

-4.7

-2.7

0.2

-0.7

-0.4

25 to 54

74.6

75.9

74.5

73.8

1.3

-1.4

-0.7

0.2

-0.2

-0.1

25 to 34

73.9

75.1

74.1

73.4

1.2

-1.0

-0.7

0.2

-0.1

-0.1

35 to 44

76.7

76.4

74.8

73.3

-0.3

-1.6

-1.5

0.0

-0.2

-0.2

45 to 54

72.6

76.0

74.7

74.9

3.4

-1.3

0.2

0.5

-0.2

0.0

55 and older

22.8

28.5

35.1

37.5

5.7

6.6

2.4

2.3

2.1

0.7

55 to 64

46.5

55.2

59.4

64.3

8.7

4.2

4.9

1.7

0.7

0.8

55 to 59

56.8

63.8

67.3

73.3

7.0

3.5

6.0

1.2

0.5

0.9

60 to 64

36.4

44.1

50.4

55.6

7.7

6.3

5.2

1.9

1.4

1.0

60 to 61

45.7

52.8

59.2

67.2

7.1

6.4

8.0

1.5

1.1

1.3

62 to 64

30.5

37.6

44.1

47.7

7.2

6.5

3.6

2.1

1.6

0.8

65 and older

8.3

9.8

14.4

19.5

1.6

4.6

5.1

1.7

3.9

3.1

65 to 74

12.5

16.1

22.5

28.3

3.7

6.4

5.8

2.6

3.4

2.3

65 to 69

16.2

20.7

27.6

35.4

4.5

6.9

7.8

2.5

2.9

2.5

70 to 74

8.2

11.1

15.4

19.8

3.0

4.3

4.4

3.2

3.3

2.5

75 to 79

4.4

5.4

7.9

11.6

1.0

2.5

3.7

2.1

3.9

3.9

75 and older

2.8

3.5

5.0

8.0

0.7

1.5

3.0

2.3

3.7

4.8

 

Race:

White

66.8

66.8

64.0

61.7

0.0

-2.8

-2.3

0.0

-0.4

-0.4

Men

76.5

74.8

71.0

68.3

-1.7

-3.8

-2.7

-0.2

-0.5

-0.4

Women

57.7

59.3

57.4

55.3

1.6

-1.9

-2.1

0.3

-0.3

-0.4

 

Black

63.9

64.8

61.5

59.8

0.9

-3.3

-1.7

0.1

-0.5

-0.3

Men

70.7

68.4

63.6

61.7

-2.3

-4.8

-1.9

-0.3

-0.7

-0.3

Women

58.5

61.8

59.8

58.3

3.3

-2.0

-1.5

0.6

-0.3

-0.3

 

Asian

66.5

67.2

63.9

63.2

0.7

-3.3

-0.7

0.1

-0.5

-0.1

Men

75.2

75.9

72.2

71.4

0.7

-3.7

-0.8

0.1

-0.5

-0.1

Women

58.2

59.1

56.5

56.1

0.9

-2.6

-0.4

0.2

-0.4

-0.1

 

All other groups1

-

-

63.9

63.2

-

-

-0.7

-

-

-

Men

-

-

69.4

63.8

-

-

-5.6

-

-

-

Women

-

-

58.8

62.6

-

-

3.8

-

-

-

 

Ethnicity:

Hispanic origin

66.8

69.1

66.4

65.9

2.3

-2.7

-0.5

0.3

-0.4

-0.1

Men

80.7

80.3

76.1

74.8

-0.4

-4.2

-1.3

0.0

-0.5

-0.2

Women

52.8

57.6

56.6

56.8

4.8

-1.0

0.2

0.9

-0.2

0.0

 

Other than Hispanic origin

66.4

66.2

63.2

60.7

-0.2

-3.0

-2.5

0.0

-0.5

-0.4

Men

75.3

73.2

69.1

65.9

-2.1

-4.2

-3.2

-0.3

-0.6

-0.5

Women

58.3

59.9

57.9

55.9

1.6

-2.0

-2.0

0.3

-0.3

-0.4

 

White non-Hispanic

66.7

66.5

63.5

60.8

-0.2

-3.0

-2.7

0.0

-0.5

-0.4

Men

76.0

73.8

69.9

67.0

-2.2

-3.9

-2.9

-0.3

-0.5

-0.4

Women

58.1

59.6

57.6

54.9

1.5

-2.0

-2.7

0.3

-0.3

-0.5

Footnotes:
  1 The ďall other groups" category includes (1) those classified as being of multiple racial origin and (2) the race categories of (2a) American Indian and Alaska Native or (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. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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