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

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Table 3.4 Civilian labor force by age, sex, race, and ethnicity, 1996, 2006, 2016, and projected 2026 (Numbers in thousands)

Group

Level

Change

Percent change

Percent distribution

Annual growth rate (percent)

1996

2006

2016

2026

1996–06

2006–16

2016–26

1996–06

2006–16

2016–26

1996

2006

2016

2026

1996–06

2006–16

2016–26

Total, 16 years and older

133,943

151,428

159,187

169,650

17,485

7,759

10,463

13.1

5.1

6.6

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

1.2

0.5

0.6

16 to 24

21,183

22,394

21,202

19,868

1,211

-1,192

-1,334

5.7

-5.3

-6.3

15.8

14.8

13.3

11.7

0.6

-0.5

-0.6

16 to 19

7,806

7,281

5,889

5,289

-525

-1,392

-600

-6.7

-19.1

-10.2

5.8

4.8

3.7

3.1

-0.7

-2.1

-1.1

20 to 24

13,377

15,113

15,313

14,579

1,736

200

-734

13.0

1.3

-4.8

10.0

10.0

9.6

8.6

1.2

0.1

-0.5

25 to 54

96,786

103,566

102,248

107,634

6,780

-1,318

5,386

7.0

-1.3

5.3

72.3

68.4

64.2

63.4

0.7

-0.1

0.5

25 to 34

33,833

32,573

35,519

37,486

-1,260

2,946

1,967

-3.7

9.0

5.5

25.3

21.5

22.3

22.1

-0.4

0.9

0.5

35 to 44

36,556

35,848

32,820

37,599

-708

-3,028

4,779

-1.9

-8.4

14.6

27.3

23.7

20.6

22.2

-0.2

-0.9

1.4

45 to 54

26,397

35,146

33,909

32,548

8,749

-1,237

-1,361

33.1

-3.5

-4.0

19.7

23.2

21.3

19.2

2.9

-0.4

-0.4

55 and older

15,974

25,468

35,737

42,148

9,494

10,269

6,411

59.4

40.3

17.9

11.9

16.8

22.4

24.8

4.8

3.4

1.7

55 to 64

12,146

19,984

26,465

27,531

7,838

6,481

1,066

64.5

32.4

4.0

9.1

13.2

16.6

16.2

5.1

2.8

0.4

65 to 74

3,194

4,404

7,621

11,456

1,210

3,217

3,835

37.9

73.0

50.3

2.4

2.9

4.8

6.8

3.3

5.6

4.2

75 and older

634

1,080

1,651

3,161

446

571

1,510

70.3

52.9

91.5

0.5

0.7

1.0

1.9

5.5

4.3

6.7

 

Men, 16 years and older

72,087

81,255

84,755

89,277

9,168

3,500

4,522

12.7

4.3

5.3

53.8

53.7

53.2

52.6

1.2

0.4

0.5

16 to 24

11,147

11,810

10,949

9,999

663

-861

-950

5.9

-7.3

-8.7

8.3

7.8

6.9

5.9

0.6

-0.8

-0.9

16 to 19

4,043

3,693

2,995

2,595

-350

-698

-400

-8.7

-18.9

-13.4

3.0

2.4

1.9

1.5

-0.9

-2.1

-1.4

20 to 24

7,104

8,116

7,954

7,404

1,012

-162

-550

14.2

-2.0

-6.9

5.3

5.4

5.0

4.4

1.3

-0.2

-0.7

25 to 54

51,999

55,840

54,726

57,379

3,841

-1,114

2,653

7.4

-2.0

4.8

38.8

36.9

34.4

33.8

0.7

-0.2

0.5

25 to 34

18,431

17,944

19,151

20,078

-487

1,207

927

-2.6

6.7

4.8

13.8

11.8

12.0

11.8

-0.3

0.7

0.5

35 to 44

19,602

19,407

17,686

20,435

-195

-1,721

2,749

-1.0

-8.9

15.5

14.6

12.8

11.1

12.0

-0.1

-0.9

1.5

45 to 54

13,967

18,489

17,890

16,866

4,522

-599

-1,024

32.4

-3.2

-5.7

10.4

12.2

11.2

9.9

2.8

-0.3

-0.6

55 and older

8,941

13,605

19,079

21,899

4,664

5,474

2,820

52.2

40.2

14.8

6.7

9.0

12.0

12.9

4.3

3.4

1.4

55 to 64

6,693

10,509

13,938

14,008

3,816

3,429

70

57.0

32.6

0.5

5.0

6.9

8.8

8.3

4.6

2.9

0.1

65 to 74

1,872

2,466

4,180

6,159

594

1,714

1,979

31.7

69.5

47.3

1.4

1.6

2.6

3.6

2.8

5.4

4.0

75 and older

375

630

960

1,732

255

330

772

68.0

52.4

80.4

0.3

0.4

0.6

1.0

5.3

4.3

6.1

 

Women, 16 years and older

61,857

70,173

74,432

80,373

8,316

4,259

5,941

13.4

6.1

8.0

46.2

46.3

46.8

47.4

1.3

0.6

0.8

16 to 24

10,036

10,584

10,253

9,869

548

-331

-384

5.5

-3.1

-3.7

7.5

7.0

6.4

5.8

0.5

-0.3

-0.4

16 to 19

3,763

3,588

2,894

2,694

-175

-694

-200

-4.7

-19.3

-6.9

2.8

2.4

1.8

1.6

-0.5

-2.1

-0.7

20 to 24

6,273

6,997

7,359

7,175

724

362

-184

11.5

5.2

-2.5

4.7

4.6

4.6

4.2

1.1

0.5

-0.3

25 to 54

44,787

47,726

47,522

50,254

2,939

-204

2,732

6.6

-0.4

5.7

33.4

31.5

29.9

29.6

0.6

0.0

0.6

25 to 34

15,403

14,628

16,369

17,408

-775

1,741

1,039

-5.0

11.9

6.3

11.5

9.7

10.3

10.3

-0.5

1.1

0.6

35 to 44

16,954

16,441

15,134

17,164

-513

-1,307

2,030

-3.0

-7.9

13.4

12.7

10.9

9.5

10.1

-0.3

-0.8

1.3

45 to 54

12,430

16,656

16,019

15,682

4,226

-637

-337

34.0

-3.8

-2.1

9.3

11.0

10.1

9.2

3.0

-0.4

-0.2

55 and older

7,033

11,863

16,657

20,249

4,830

4,794

3,592

68.7

40.4

21.6

5.3

7.8

10.5

11.9

5.4

3.5

2.0

55 to 64

5,452

9,475

12,527

13,523

4,023

3,052

996

73.8

32.2

8.0

4.1

6.3

7.9

8.0

5.7

2.8

0.8

65 to 74

1,321

1,937

3,439

5,297

616

1,502

1,858

46.6

77.5

54.0

1.0

1.3

2.2

3.1

3.9

5.9

4.4

75 and older

260

451

691

1,429

191

240

738

73.5

53.2

106.8

0.2

0.3

0.4

0.8

5.7

4.4

7.5

 

White

113,108

123,834

124,658

129,214

10,726

824

4,556

9.5

0.7

3.7

84.4

81.8

78.3

76.2

0.9

0.1

0.4

Men

61,783

67,613

67,564

69,256

5,830

-49

1,692

9.4

-0.1

2.5

46.1

44.7

42.4

40.8

0.9

0.0

0.2

Women

51,325

56,221

57,095

59,958

4,896

874

2,863

9.5

1.6

5.0

38.3

37.1

35.9

35.3

0.9

0.2

0.5

 

Black

15,134

17,314

19,637

21,554

2,180

2,323

1,917

14.4

13.4

9.8

11.3

11.4

12.3

12.7

1.4

1.3

0.9

Men

7,264

8,128

9,315

10,118

864

1,187

803

11.9

14.6

8.6

5.4

5.4

5.9

6.0

1.1

1.4

0.8

Women

7,869

9,186

10,321

11,436

1,317

1,135

1,115

16.7

12.4

10.8

5.9

6.1

6.5

6.7

1.6

1.2

1.0

 

Asian

5,703

6,727

9,562

12,209

1,024

2,835

2,647

18.0

42.1

27.7

4.3

4.4

6.0

7.2

1.7

3.6

2.5

Men

3,039

3,621

5,091

6,484

582

1,470

1,393

19.2

40.6

27.4

2.3

2.4

3.2

3.8

1.8

3.5

2.4

Women

2,664

3,106

4,471

5,726

442

1,365

1,255

16.6

43.9

28.1

2.0

2.1

2.8

3.4

1.5

3.7

2.5

 

All other groups1

3,552

5,330

6,673

1,778

1,343

50.1

25.2

3.3

3.9

4.1

2.3

Men

1,893

2,785

3,420

892

635

47.1

22.8

1.7

2.0

3.9

2.1

Women

1,660

2,545

3,253

885

708

53.3

27.8

1.6

1.9

4.4

2.5

 

Hispanic origin

12,774

20,694

26,797

34,915

7,920

6,103

8,118

62.0

29.5

30.3

9.5

13.7

16.8

20.6

4.9

2.6

2.7

Men

7,646

12,488

15,396

19,733

4,842

2,908

4,337

63.3

23.3

28.2

5.7

8.2

9.7

11.6

5.0

2.1

2.5

Women

5,128

8,206

11,401

15,182

3,078

3,195

3,781

60.0

38.9

33.2

3.8

5.4

7.2

8.9

4.8

3.3

2.9

 

Other than Hispanic origin

121,169

130,734

132,390

134,735

9,565

1,656

2,345

7.9

1.3

1.8

90.5

86.3

83.2

79.4

0.8

0.1

0.2

Men

64,441

68,767

69,359

69,544

4,326

592

185

6.7

0.9

0.3

48.1

45.4

43.6

41.0

0.7

0.1

0.0

Women

56,729

61,967

63,031

65,191

5,238

1,064

2,160

9.2

1.7

3.4

42.4

40.9

39.6

38.4

0.9

0.2

0.3

 

White non-Hispanic

100,915

104,629

100,878

98,407

3,714

-3,751

-2,471

3.7

-3.6

-2.4

75.3

69.1

63.4

58.0

0.4

-0.4

-0.2

Men

54,451

55,953

53,769

51,682

1,502

-2,184

-2,087

2.8

-3.9

-3.9

40.7

37.0

33.8

30.5

0.3

-0.4

-0.4

Women

46,464

48,676

47,109

46,725

2,212

-1,567

-384

4.8

-3.2

-0.8

34.7

32.1

29.6

27.5

0.5

-0.3

-0.1

 

Age of baby boomers

32 to 50

42 to 60

52 to 70

62 to 80

Footnotes:
  1 The "all other groups" category includes (1) those classified as of being of multiple racial origin and (2) the race 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: October 24, 2017