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Southern California's Labor Force: Diversity and Aging


To meet the demands of the changing labor market it is important for human resources management to improve and enhance their knowledge of the workforce. This report profiles the labor force in Southern California for Human Resources Round Table (HARRT) and presents key findings regarding diversity and aging. This report will provide employers with basic trends and implications and will help promote potential strategies to improve practice in shaping the quality of the workforce. This report is structured around five research objectives:

-Analyze labor force trends in Southern California from 1980 to 2010, -Compare Southern California to the state and nation. -Profile labor force by gender, ethnicity, education, etc. -Examine the size of the older labor force. -Identify implications for employers.

We conduct a historical and projected analysis of the labor force utilizing demographic and socioeconomic characteristics from 1980 to 2010. The presentation of results is divided into five sections:

-Overall Population Trends -Labor Force Trends -Labor Force Composition -Size of Older Work Force -Implications

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