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According to Census 2000, 138.8 million people age 16 and over were members of the nation's labor force. This number, which represents 64 percent of all adults, had increased by 13.6 million since the 1990 census. Among the nation's workers in 2000 were:

  • 74.3 million men, or 71 percent of all men and
  • 64.5 million women, which is 58 percent of all women.
  • 71% of people age 16 and over are in the labor force in Alaska,Minnesota and New Hampshire in 2000. These three states, along withColorado, were the only ones in the nation to top 70 percent. (Harder working? Maybe. Perhaps it's that they have relatively young populations)
Our Jobs:
  • As measured in Census 2000, the 1999 median earnings for male and femalefull-time, year-round workers were $37,057 and $27,194, respectively
  • New Jersey had thehighest annual earnings for men: $46,368
  • Connecticut offered women the best median wage: $33,318. (Women in the District of Columbia, a state equivalent,had median earnings of $36,361.)
Who worked "9 to 5?" Who did not?
  • Some 31 percent of workers 16 and over worked more than 40 hours a week in 2000.
  • And 8 percent worked 60 or more hours a week.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, 23 percent worked fewer than 35 hours a week.
  • About 34 percent of employed, civilian workers were in management, professional and relatedoccupations; 27 percent were in sales and office jobs; and 15 percent each werein service occupations and production, transportation and material-movingjobs.
  • The self-employed comprised 7 percent of all workers — about 8.6 million people
  • Six percent of all employed people 16 and over(7.6 million) held down more than one job.
  • Employed wage and salary workers 16 and over had been with their current employer for a median of 3.5 years.
  • About 1-in-4 of these workers had worked for 10 or more years for their current employer.
  • And 4.2 million people indicated in Census 200
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