Women in the Labor Force – A Databook (2006 Edition)
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2006, Web-posted November 2006
The past several decades have been marked by several notable changes in women’s labor force activities compared to men’s, including rising labor force participation, employment growth in higher-paying occupations, and earnings increases. In 1970, about 43 percent of women age 16 and older were in the labor force. By the late 1990s, the labor force participation rate of women had risen to 60 percent. Though it is still well above the rates that prevailed throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and much of the 1990s, the rate has receded slightly since 1999, to 59.3 percent in 2005. This report presents historical and current labor force and earnings data for women and men from the Current Population Survey (CPS).
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