work force

noun
1.
the total number of workers in a specific undertaking: a holiday for the company's work force.
2.
the total number of persons employed or employable: a sharp increase in the nation's work force.
Also, workforce.
Also called labor force.


Origin:
1940–45

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workforce (ˈwɜːkˌfɔːs)
 
n
1.  the total number of workers employed by a company on a specific job, project, etc
2.  the total number of people who could be employed: the country's workforce is growing rapidly

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We need to increase our productivity through a better trained workforce and
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Air conditioning can be a major cost in a city facility with such a large
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Even the members of its elite workforce weren't completely sure.
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