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Interesting graphs here...

https://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/economic-synopses/2015/07/31/a-cross-country-comparison-of-labor-force-participation/

While the first graph shows that participation in the labour force has been increasing in every country looked at except for the US and Sweden, it's much more interesting in the graphs broken down by age and gender. For those 24 and under, gender participation looks much the same, with a general decline being put down to more participating in education.

For those 25 and over though, male participation has been declining while female participation has been increasing. And except for Japan, females now outnumber males in the work force for those between 25 and 54.

Ignoring the male/female mix (and Sweden), is the US's decline due to the US leading the trend here and the other countries will eventually follow, or is the US an anomaly for some reason or another?

(Note that 'work force' means those working and those seeking work. This is not about the level of unemployment.)

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