The labor force is made up of people who are employed, those just laid off, and those who are actively looking for a job. It does not include people who are not working and not looking for a job. Of the 158.6 million between the ages of 18-64 in 1994, 124.6 million were in the labor force, a labor force participation rate of 78.6%. However, labor force participation rates are quite different for those with activity limitations (51.8%) compared to those without (83.0%). The difference is consistent when looking at men and women in the labor force(58.8% of limited men versus 91.4% of nonlimited men; 45.6% of limited women compared to 74.9% of nonlimited women).
Source: Trupin, 1996
Survey: NHIS, 1994