Labor Force Participation

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The labor force participation rate is calculated by adding all employed and unemployed workers and dividing by the population aged 16 and older. It does not include workers who have not looked for work in the past four weeks, the disabled, or those who choose to not to work in order to care for family members or for other reasons.

Prime Working Age Labor Force Participation Rate
Adults between the ages of 25 to 54 year olds are considered prime working age because they tend to be out of post-secondary school, but not retired. In other words, they are in their prime working years. Because rural counties have older populations than urban counties, considering prime working age workers only allows for a more accurate comparison between the populations.

Source: US Census American Community Survey, 2007-2011, 2012-2016

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