Working Age Employment Levels Still Below 1999 Levels.
Dismal Employment Outlook for Ages 25 to 54
Employment levelsEmployment levels for this age group (25 to 54) are still below the levels attained in 1999 (-586,000).
PopulationLower employment can't be attributed to baby-boomer retirement, this population has grown by about 5.5 million.
Employment to population ratio
Labor force with Employment levelsThe labor force is the combination of the employed plus the unemployed.
In the chart below, the delta between the two charted lines is the number of working age unemployed. In December of 2007, the labor force was 104,694,000, in June of 2016, the labor force is 102,025,000. The population has largely recovered since December 2007, but 2.7 million persons have left the labor force.