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There may be some overlap between marginally attached and those that have been excluded from the labor force.  The problem is that the marginally attached definition requires that you have actively applied in the last year.  There are a lot of people who would be in the labor force, but haven't applied in the last year.  The way the Census trains for CPS, this very explicit.  They don't follow up to ask if you would have applied, but haven't because you haven't found an appropriate job.

The broader point is that there has emerged a secular divergence between Euro area labor force participation and that of the US.

What's going on? Europe and the United States face some of the same demographic and economic forces. Populations are aging on both sides of the Atlantic. Many workers in Europe, too, have stopped looking for work, discouraged by lack of opportunities.

There is, however, one big difference. In the euro area, the working rate of older women is still much lower than it is in the United States. Almost half of American women over 45 are in the labor market, compared to fewer than 40 percent in the euro zone. And European women are picking up the slack. So despite a severe economic downturn, the share of older women in the labor pool has been growing at a robust clip.



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2015 at 11:57:22 PM EST
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