Change Of The Makeup Of Its Labor Force Essay

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Over the last half century the United States has experienced an interesting shift in the makeup of its labor force. Since the mid 1950’s there has been two noticeable trends the first of which is a decline in prime-age working males in the labor force. Conversely the second trend involves an increase in prime-age working females in the labor force. There are a multitude of factors that can be attributed to either one or both of these trends which include educational attainment, changes in technology and labor demand, as well as several others. In recent decades there has been an ever increasing demand for more educated workers both male and female. Opportunities for females to earn a higher education have dramatically increased over the years as shown by the U.S. Bureau shows “In 2012, 38 percent of this group held college degrees, compared with 11 percent in 1970. About 7 percent of women had less than a high school diploma in 2012, down from 34 percent in 1970.” (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS Reports, Women in the Labor Force A Databook, 2014, pg. 2). These numbers help show the correlation between an increase in education among women with the overall increase in the labor force for women. The numbers for men however tell a different story, while the drop in labor force participation among men with a college degree or more has been small, the decrease in men with a high school diploma or less has been substantial “those with a high school degree or less saw their…

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