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labor force

(in the U.S.) the body of people who are at least 14 years old and are either employed or available for employment.
Origin of labor force
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The owner of money pays out a day's value of labor-force but there belongs to him its use for the day, the whole day's labor.

  • The sales-force is as truly a part of the labor-force of a corporation as are the mechanics.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • In his labor-force he has his competence, and, if he makes no use of it, that is his fault.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • If, as we have seen, labor has no value this is by no means the case with labor-force.

  • It would have to direct the plan of production in accordance with the means of production to which labor-force also belongs.

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