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A Spectacular, Colorful Chart of Who Works (and Who Doesn't Work) in America Today

Derek Thompson

The share of Americans who are either working or actively looking for work -- i.e.: the labor force participation rate -- fell to its lowest point since 1979, according to today's jobs report.

If 37 percent of Americans aren't in the labor force, what are they doing?

Bloomberg Businessweek has a beautiful graphical explanation. Click it.


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