January 05, 2011

Women in the labor force, 1970–2009

Employment status of women 16 years and over, 19702009
Year Civilian
noninstitutional
population
Civilian labor force Not in labor force
Total Employed Unemployed

1970

72,782,000 31,543,000 29,688,000 1,855,000 41,239,000

1971

74,274,000 32,202,000 29,976,000 2,227,000 42,072,000

1972

76,290,000 33,479,000 31,257,000 2,222,000 42,811,000

1973

77,804,000 34,804,000 32,715,000 2,089,000 43,000,000

1974

79,312,000 36,211,000 33,769,000 2,441,000 43,101,000

1975

80,860,000 37,475,000 33,989,000 3,486,000 43,386,000

1976

82,390,000 38,983,000 35,615,000 3,369,000 43,406,000

1977

83,840,000 40,613,000 37,289,000 3,324,000 43,227,000

1978

85,334,000 42,631,000 39,569,000 3,061,000 42,703,000

1979

86,843,000 44,235,000 41,217,000 3,018,000 42,608,000

1980

88,348,000 45,487,000 42,117,000 3,370,000 42,861,000

1981

89,618,000 46,696,000 43,000,000 3,696,000 42,922,000

1982

90,748,000 47,755,000 43,256,000 4,499,000 42,993,000

1983

91,684,000 48,503,000 44,047,000 4,457,000 43,181,000

1984

92,778,000 49,709,000 45,915,000 3,794,000 43,068,000

1985

93,736,000 51,050,000 47,259,000 3,791,000 42,686,000

1986

94,789,000 52,413,000 48,706,000 3,707,000 42,376,000

1987

95,853,000 53,658,000 50,334,000 3,324,000 42,195,000

1988

96,756,000 54,742,000 51,696,000 3,046,000 42,014,000

1989

97,630,000 56,030,000 53,027,000 3,003,000 41,601,000

1990

98,787,000 56,829,000 53,689,000 3,140,000 41,957,000

1991

99,646,000 57,178,000 53,496,000 3,683,000 42,468,000

1992

100,535,000 58,141,000 54,052,000 4,090,000 42,394,000

1993

101,506,000 58,795,000 54,910,000 3,885,000 42,711,000

1994

102,460,000 60,239,000 56,610,000 3,629,000 42,221,000

1995

103,406,000 60,944,000 57,523,000 3,421,000 42,462,000

1996

104,385,000 61,857,000 58,501,000 3,356,000 42,528,000

1997

105,418,000 63,036,000 59,873,000 3,162,000 42,382,000

1998

106,462,000 63,714,000 60,771,000 2,944,000 42,748,000

1999

108,031,000 64,855,000 62,042,000 2,814,000 43,175,000

2000

110,613,000 66,303,000 63,586,000 2,717,000 44,310,000

2001

111,811,000 66,848,000 63,737,000 3,111,000 44,962,000

2002

112,985,000 67,363,000 63,582,000 3,781,000 45,621,000

2003

114,733,000 68,272,000 64,404,000 3,868,000 46,461,000

2004

115,647,000 68,421,000 64,728,000 3,694,000 47,225,000

2005

116,931,000 69,288,000 65,757,000 3,531,000 47,643,000

2006

118,210,000 70,173,000 66,925,000 3,247,000 48,037,000

2007

119,694,000 70,988,000 67,792,000 3,196,000 48,707,000

2008

120,675,000 71,767,000 67,876,000 3,891,000 48,908,000

2009

121,665,000 72,019,000 66,208,000 5,811,000 49,646,000

These data featured in the TED article, Women in the labor force, 1970–2009.