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Employment Status by Sex, 1970–2008

  Civilian labor force
  EmployedUnemployed
YearCivilian
noninstitutional
population
(in thousands)
Total
(in thousands)
Percent of
population
Total
(in thousands)
Percent of
labor
force
Total both sexes   
1970137,08578,67857.5%4,0934.9%
1975153,15385,84656.17,9298.5
1980167,74599,30359.27,6377.1
1985178,206107,15060.18,3127.2
1990189,164118,79362.87,0475.6
1995198,584124,90062.97,4045.6
2000212,577136,89164.45,6924.0
2002217,570136,48562.78,3785.8
2003221,168137,73662.38,7746.0
2004223,357139,25262.38,1495.5
2005226,082141,73062.77,5915.1
2008233,788145,36262.28,9245.8
Women    
197072,78229,68840.81,8555.9
197580,86033,98942.03,4869.3
198088,34842,11747.73,3707.4
198593,73647,25950.43,7917.4
199098,78753,68954.33,1405.5
1995103,40657,52355.63,4215.6
2000110,61363,58657.52,7174.1
2002112,98563,58256.33,7815.6
2003114,73364,40456.13,8685.7
2004115,64764,72856.03,6945.4
2005116,93165,75756.23,5315.1
2008120,67567,87656.23,8915.4
Men    
197064,30448,99076.22,2384.4
197572,29151,85771.74,4427.9
198079,39857,18672.04,2676.9
198584,46959,89170.94,5217.0
199090,37765,10472.03,9065.7
199595,17867,37770.83,9835.6
2000101,96473,30571.92,9753.9
2002104,58572,90369.74,5975.9
2003106,43573,33268.94,9066.3
2004107,71074,52469.24,4565.6
2005109,15175,97369.64,0595.1
2008113,11377,48668.55,0336.1
Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web: http://www.bls.gov/oes/#tables.

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