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Nov. 6, 2015

Economic Brief Links Lower Female LFP Rate to More Single Women in School

Richmond, Va.

The Richmond Fed’s new Economic Brief analyzes data from the Current Population Survey that show a growing percentage of single women who are not in the labor force are going to school. This analysis helps explain why the female labor force participation (LFP) rate has declined steadily since 2000, especially among single women. The percentage of single women also has grown as a share of the female population, a trend that has increased the impact of the single women’s LFP rate on the aggregate women’s LFP rate. Meanwhile, an increasing share of married women list retirement as the reason for no longer participating in the labor force.

Read the full Economic Brief for November.

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As part of our nation’s central bank, the Richmond Fed is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks working together with the Board of Governors to support a healthy economy and deliver on our mission to foster economic stability and strength. We connect with community and business leaders across the Fifth Federal Reserve District — including the Carolinas, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and most of West Virginia — to monitor economic conditions, address issues facing our communities, and share this information with monetary and financial policymakers. We also work with banks to ensure they are operating safely and soundly, supply financial institutions with currency that’s fit for distribution, and provide a safe and efficient way to transfer funds through our nation’s payments system.


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