Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2010 Edition)

Table 22. Work experience of the population by sex and full- and part-time status, selected years, 1970–2008 (Percent distribution)
Year Population
(in thousands)
With work experience Percent distribution by work experience
Total
(in thousands)
Percent of population Total Usually work full time Usually work part time
Total 50 to 52 weeks 1 to 49 weeks Total 50 to 52 weeks 1 to 49 weeks
Total, both sexes

1970

138,953 93,850 67.5 100.0 79.4 55.6 23.8 20.6 6.7 13.9

1975

153,180 102,603 67.0 100.0 78.9 54.3 24.6 21.2 7.5 13.7

1980

169,452 115,752 68.3 100.0 78.5 56.1 22.4 21.4 7.7 13.7

1985

179,944 123,466 68.6 100.0 78.2 58.7 19.5 21.9 8.3 13.6

1990

189,238 132,562 70.1 100.0 78.8 60.4 18.4 21.3 8.7 12.6

1995

199,925 138,971 69.5 100.0 78.6 62.9 15.7 21.3 9.1 12.2

2000

214,292 150,787 70.4 100.0 80.4 66.7 13.7 19.5 9.3 10.2

2005

227,975 154,322 67.7 100.0 80.3 67.5 12.8 19.7 10.0 9.7

2006

231,033 156,658 67.8 100.0 80.9 68.4 12.5 19.1 9.7 9.4

2007

232,995 157,653 67.7 100.0 80.9 68.4 12.5 19.1 9.8 9.3

2008

235,086 157,472 67.0 100.0 79.5 65.6 13.9 20.5 10.5 10.0
Women

1970

73,657 38,809 52.7 100.0 67.9 40.7 27.2 32.2 10.1 22.1

1975

80,834 43,511 53.8 100.0 67.1 41.4 25.7 32.8 11.7 21.1

1980

89,259 51,492 57.7 100.0 67.7 44.7 23.0 32.3 11.9 20.4

1985

94,490 56,165 59.4 100.0 68.1 48.9 19.2 31.8 12.3 19.5

1990

98,970 61,494 62.1 100.0 69.8 51.5 18.3 30.2 12.8 17.4

1995

104,058 65,304 62.8 100.0 70.2 54.3 15.9 29.7 13.3 16.4

2000

111,440 71,341 64.0 100.0 72.9 58.4 14.5 27.1 13.4 13.7

2005

117,814 72,309 61.4 100.0 72.7 59.9 12.8 27.3 14.1 13.2

2006

119,300 73,527 61.6 100.0 73.0 60.7 12.3 27.0 14.1 12.9

2007

120,300 74,115 61.6 100.0 73.6 61.5 12.1 26.4 14.2 12.2

2008

121,328 74,363 61.3 100.0 72.2 59.3 12.9 27.8 15.0 12.8
Men

1970

65,296 55,041 84.3 100.0 87.6 66.1 21.5 12.4 4.4 8.0

1975

72,346 59,091 81.7 100.0 87.5 63.8 23.7 12.5 4.4 8.1

1980

80,193 64,260 80.1 100.0 87.2 65.2 22.0 12.8 4.4 8.4

1985

85,454 67,301 78.8 100.0 86.5 66.8 19.7 13.5 4.8 8.7

1990

90,269 71,068 78.7 100.0 86.4 68.0 18.4 13.5 5.1 8.4

1995

95,867 73,667 76.8 100.0 86.2 70.6 15.6 13.9 5.5 8.4

2000

102,853 79,446 77.2 100.0 87.5 74.2 13.3 12.6 5.5 7.1

2005

110,161 82,013 74.4 100.0 87.0 74.2 12.8 13.0 6.3 6.7

2006

111,733 83,131 74.4 100.0 87.8 75.2 12.6 12.2 5.7 6.5

2007

112,695 83,538 74.1 100.0 87.4 74.6 12.8 12.6 5.9 6.7

2008

113,758 83,109 73.1 100.0 86.0 71.2 14.8 14.0 6.5 7.5

Footnotes:
(1) The comparability of historical labor force data has been affected at various times by methodological and conceptual changes in the Current Population Survey (CPS). For an explanation, see the Historical Comparability documentation provided at www.bls.gov/cps/eetech_methods.pdf.

NOTE: These data, collected in the Annual Social and Economic Supplement, reflect the work experience of the entire year.

 

SOURCE: Annual Social and Economic Supplements, 1971–2009, Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Last Modified Date: March 16, 2011