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Labor force participation rate by sex, race and Hispanic ethnicity, 1948-2015 annual averages
Year"Labor force participation rate (percent)"
All WomenAll MenWhite WomenWhite MenBlack WomenBlack MenAsian WomenAsian MenHispanic WomenHispanic Men

1948

32.786.6 - - - - - - - -

1949

33.186.4 - - - - - - - -

1950

33.986.4 - - - - - - - -

1951

34.686.5 - - - - - - - -

1952

34.786.3 - - - - - - - -

1953

34.486.0 - - - - - - - -

1954

34.685.533.385.6 - - - - - -

1955

35.785.434.585.4 - - - - - -

1956

36.985.535.785.6 - - - - - -

1957

36.984.835.784.8 - - - - - -

1958

37.184.235.884.3 - - - - - -

1959

37.183.736.083.8 - - - - - -

1960

37.783.336.583.4 - - - - - -

1961

38.182.936.983.0 - - - - - -

1962

37.982.036.782.1 - - - - - -

1963

38.381.437.281.5 - - - - - -

1964

38.781.037.581.1 - - - - - -

1965

39.380.738.180.8 - - - - - -

1966

40.380.439.280.6 - - - - - -

1967

41.180.440.180.6 - - - - - -

1968

41.680.140.780.4 - - - - - -

1969

42.779.841.880.2 - - - - - -

1970

43.379.742.680.0 - - - - - -

1971

43.479.142.679.6 - - - - - -

1972

43.978.943.279.648.773.6 - - - -

1973

44.778.844.179.449.373.4 - - 41.081.5

1974

45.778.745.279.449.072.9 - - 42.481.7

1975

46.377.945.978.748.870.9 - - 43.280.7

1976

47.377.546.978.449.870.0 - - 44.379.6

1977

48.477.748.078.550.870.6 - - 44.380.9

1978

50.077.949.478.653.171.5 - - 46.681.1

1979

50.977.850.578.653.171.3 - - 47.481.3

1980

51.577.451.278.253.170.3 - - 47.481.4

1981

52.177.051.977.953.570.0 - - 48.380.6

1982

52.676.652.477.453.770.1 - - 48.179.7

1983

52.976.452.777.154.270.6 - - 47.780.3

1984

53.676.453.377.155.270.8 - - 49.680.6

1985

54.576.354.177.056.570.8 - - 49.380.3

1986

55.376.355.076.956.971.2 - - 50.181.0

1987

56.076.255.776.858.071.1 - - 52.081.0

1988

56.676.256.476.958.071.0 - - 53.281.9

1989

57.476.457.277.158.771.0 - - 53.582.0

1990

57.576.457.477.158.371.0 - - 53.181.4

1991

57.475.857.476.557.570.4 - - 52.480.3

1992

57.875.857.776.558.570.7 - - 52.880.7

1993

57.975.458.076.257.969.6 - - 52.180.2

1994

58.875.158.975.958.769.1 - - 52.979.2

1995

58.975.059.075.759.569.0 - - 52.679.1

1996

59.374.959.175.860.468.7 - - 53.479.6

1997

59.875.059.575.961.768.3 - - 55.180.1

1998

59.874.959.475.662.869.0 - - 55.679.8

1999

60.074.759.675.663.568.7 - - 55.979.8

2000

59.974.859.575.563.169.259.276.157.581.5

2001

59.874.459.475.162.868.459.076.257.681.0

2002

59.674.159.374.861.868.459.175.957.680.2

2003

59.573.559.274.261.967.358.375.655.980.1

2004

59.273.358.974.161.566.757.675.056.180.4

2005

59.373.358.974.161.667.358.274.855.380.1

2006

59.473.559.074.361.767.058.375.056.180.7

2007

59.373.259.074.061.166.858.675.156.580.5

2008

59.573.059.273.761.366.759.475.356.280.2

2009

59.272.059.172.860.365.058.274.656.578.8

2010

58.671.258.572.059.965.057.073.256.577.8

2011

58.170.558.071.359.164.256.873.255.976.5

2012

57.770.257.471.059.863.656.572.256.676.1

2013

57.269.756.970.559.263.557.173.055.776.3

2014

57.069.256.769.859.263.655.872.456.076.1

2015

56.769.156.269.759.763.855.271.455.776.2

Notes: Represents the percentage of persons in the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years of age and older that are employed or actively looking for work. Estimates for the race groups will not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Data for the individual race groups do not include people of two or more races. Hispanics can be of any race. The comparability of historical data has been affected at various times by methodological and other changes in the Current Population Survey.

Source: 1948-2015 annual averages, Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics