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The very rapid labor force growth over the 1970s reflected two dramatic changes: the baby-boom generation reached working age, and it became more common for women to work outside the home.

Since the 1970s, the labor force has continued to grow, but at a slower rates.

A substantial slowdown in the pace of labor force growth is projected for the 2015-25 period, as the baby-boom generation retires.

The baby-boom generation was born from 1946 to 1964. The oldest baby boomers turn 55 in 2001.



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