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Vol. 63, No. 2

June 2008

U.S. Labor Force Trends
by Marlene A. Lee and Mark Mather



Population aging is contributing to slower growth of the U.S. labor force.
Since 1980, jobs have shifted from manufacturing to the service sector, but whitecollar service jobs are increasingly lost overseas.
Ron Hira, author of Outsourcing America, provides a brief overview of offshoring.


Population Reference Bureau
The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers
them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.


Francis L. Price, Chair of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer, Q3 Stamped Metal, Inc. and Q3 JMC Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Faith Mitchell, Vice Chair of the Board
Vice President for Program and Strategy, Grantmakers in Health, Washington, D.C.
Montague Yudelman, Secretary of the Board
Senior Fellow, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.
William P. Butz, President and Chief Executive Officer
Population Reference Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Richard F. Hokenson, Treasurer of the Board
Director, Hokenson and Company, Lawrenceville, New Jersey


George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Washington, D.C.
Wendy Baldwin, Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, The Population Council, New York
Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, Rockefeller University and Head, Laboratory of Populations,
Rockefeller and Columbia Universities, New York
Bert T. Edwards, Executive Director, Office of Historical Trust Accounting, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
Wolfgang Lutz, Professor and Leader, World Population Project, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Director,
Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria...


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