In 1975, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping records of Americans who were not in the labor force (includes individuals 16 years or older). As you can see the number of Americans (Men and Women) not in the labor force has continued to rise since then.
- 1975 – 58,627,000
- July, 2013 – 90,000,000
- July, 2014 – 90,451,000
- July, 2015 – 93,770,000
These are Americans who were neither employed nor had made specific efforts to find work.
According to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2015 long-term outlook, the number of working Americans is expected to increase more slowly in coming decades, as more workers exit the labor force, many of them retiring baby-boomers and as fewer workers enter it given declining birth rates and a leveling off of women in the labor force.
Women In the Workforce
According to July 2015’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 56,209,000 women aged 16 and older were not participating in the workforce. July’s figures represented an uptick of 124,000 over June 2015 level of 56,085,000 women who were out of the workforce.
To put this in another perspective, according to the The Washington Examiner:
100% Of Female Employment GAINS Taken By Foreigners Since 2007
All of the employment gains among women since the recession hit in December 2007 have been taken by foreigners, even at a time when the numbers of U.S. born women surged more than 600,000, according to new federal statistics.
The jobs data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed gains in the “employment level” among “foreign born women” and losses among “native born women.”
- 9,041,000 foreign-born women held jobs in December of 2007 compared to 10,028,000 today, or a gain of roughly 1 million jobs.
- 59,322,000 U.S.-born women held jobs in December of 2007 compared to 59,258,000 today for a loss of nearly 64,000 jobs.