Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Labor force demographics, 2008

January 05, 2010

The overall labor force participation rate, the proportion of the population that is in the labor force, peaked at 67.1 percent in the late 1990s into 2000 and then began to trend down. The participation rate was 66.0 percent in 2008.

Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2008
[Chart data]

Among the major race and ethnicity groups, Hispanics continued to have the highest labor force participation rate (68.5 percent) in 2008, while the participation rate for blacks was the lowest (63.7 percent). The participation rates for whites (66.3 percent) and Asians (67.0 percent) were roughly midway between the rates for blacks and Hispanics, continuing a long-term pattern.

Labor force participation rates by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 1980–2008
[Chart data]

Compared with annual average data for 2007, the participation rates for whites and Hispanics were down slightly in 2008, while the rate for blacks held steady and the rate for Asians continued to trend up.

These data are from Current Population Survey. To learn more, see, "Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2008," Report 1020, November 2009.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Labor force demographics, 2008 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100105.htm (visited July 08, 2020).

OF INTEREST
spotlight

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

triangle