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Women Are Driving the Recent Recovery in Prime-Age Labor Force Participation

Thao Tran and Didem Tuzemen ()

Economic Bulletin, 2019, issue Dec 18, 2019, 4

Abstract: The labor force participation rate of prime-age individuals (age 25 to 54) in the United States declined dramatically during and after the Great Recession. While the rate remains below its pre-recession level, it has been increasing steadily since 2015. We examine how different demographic groups have contributed to this rebound and find that college-educated women have made the largest contribution to the recent recovery in the prime-age labor force participation rate.

Keywords: Labor force; Women; Prime-age labor force (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J01 J16 J20 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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