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MNI INTERVIEW: US Labor Force 'Missing' 2.5M Workers - KC Fed

(MNI) Washington

Demographic factors and population aging not the main factors for disappointing workforce, KC Fed economist says.

Around 2.5 million workers are "missing" from the U.S. labor force, a figure that's increased half a million since May, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City senior economist Didem Tuzemen told MNI.

"We have lost people from the labor force since March," she said. The decline in the size of the labor force has been driven by "missing" workers, who may yet return, rather than demographic factors such as slower population growth and an aging population, she said in an interview.

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Around 2.5 million workers are "missing" from the U.S. labor force, a figure that's increased half a million since May, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City senior economist Didem Tuzemen told MNI.

"We have lost people from the labor force since March," she said. The decline in the size of the labor force has been driven by "missing" workers, who may yet return, rather than demographic factors such as slower population growth and an aging population, she said in an interview.

Keep reading...Show less