U.S. labor force participation rate declining since 2000, report finds

The labor force participation rate, which measures the number of people either working or looking for work, has been declining since 2000, a trend that accelerated with the 2007 recession, according to a report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Economists are divided as to whether this is due to baby boomers who are retiring or because the economy has weakened, discouraging people from looking for work.

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