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Women in U.S. Work Force Climbs to Highest Since 2002

September 7, 2019

The proportion of prime-age women in the U.S. workforce jumped in August to its highest level in more than 17 years, reversing a surprising decline since the start of the year.

 

Labor force participation for women 25 to 54 years old advanced to 76.3%, up a full percentage point from July and the highest since February 2002, the Labor Department’s employment report showed Friday. Participation had been declining since reaching 76% in January despite the lowest overall unemployment rate in almost half a century.

 

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