The Decline Of The American Workforce Essay

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In the United States the 20th century was a period where the American worker began to advocate and work towards achieving advancements in the workforce. In this period wages were raised, benefits grew, along with improvements in working condition (BLS, 2003). There is no debate that the American workforce was in a much better posion at the end of the century, in comparison to the beginning. In 1900 there was 24 million registered workers, from the age of 10 and above, by 1999 that was a reported 139 million workers from the age of 16 and above registered (BLS, 2003). This dramatic hike can be attributed to the change in composition, compensation, and the shift in the nature of work during the century (BLS, 2003)
In the beginning of the 20st century many shifts were seen in the labor force. Farmers were the dominating work force representing 38% of the entire force, at the end of the century they only represented 3% (BLS, 2003). This can be attributed to the increase of professional, technical, and service workers. Service industries saw a tremendous increase from occupying 31% to 78% of the workforce and the end of the century (BLS, 2003). Female participation in the work force was also increased from 19% to 60% (BLS, 2003). During the 20th century child labor was very common, many households depended on the income earned by their children to survive. Since there were no regulations against this little data can be found on how much of the workforce they occupied in the…

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