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Civilian labor force by sex, 1970-2012

 

Number (in thousands)

Percent of the labor force

Year

Women

Men

Women

Men

1970

31,543

51,228

0.38

0.62

1980

45,487

61,453

0.43

0.57

1990

56,829

69,011

0.45

0.55

2000

66,303

76,280

0.47

0.53

2012

72,648

82,327

0.47

0.53


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Current Population Survey (CPS)/ Graph by the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor