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Is the civilian labor force participation rate for people aged 25-54 now higher or lower than when the Great Recession ended in June of 2009?



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When the Great Recession ended in June of 2009, the civilian labor force participation rate for people aged 25-54 was 82.9%. After that, it steadily declined to a modern low of 80.6% in September of 2015. It has since recovered partially, and as of April 2017 (latest data), it was 81.7%. This is still below the rate at the close of the recession.

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