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July 1982, Vol. 105, No. 7
How accurate were projections
of the 1980 labor force?
Howard N Fullerton
Demographic statistician, Office of Economic Growth and Employment Projection, Bureau of Labor Statistics
All four Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, the first in 1965 and the last in 1976, were lower than the actual 1980 labor force; most of the discrepancy can be attributed to the underestimation of the participation rates of women.
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