Labor Force

Definition: An estimate of all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population (e.g., not on active duty in the Armed Forces, residing in penal institutions, mental facilities or homes for the aged), 16 years of age and older and classified as either employed or unemployed and actively seeking work.

Producer: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

Scope: The estimates are calculated by place of residence not place of work. All individuals covered or not by employment security law are counted. This includes the self-employed, persons working in agriculture, and individuals entering the labor market for the first time or reentering it after an extended period of time away. A person is only counted once even if working multiple jobs. The estimates do not include individuals who have no job and are not looking for one. Some who may be considered outside the labor force are students, retirees, individuals with family responsibilities or persons with a physical or mental disability which prevent them from participating in labor force activities.

Frequency: Monthly with annual revisions from 1990 to present

Geography: United States; North Carolina State; and North Carolina Counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, Combined Statistical Areas, Cities (population of 25,000 or more) and City Parts, Workforce Development Boards, and Economic Development Regions.

Classification: Seasonally adjusted or not seasonally adjusted

Suppression: Not applicable