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5 House Districts With Lowest Labor Market Participation Rates

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Here’s another installment in a series of articles we’re running about the demographic variables that shape House members’ lives, based on data from the Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey results.

If you try to influence the House member from your district, or others, you may find that employment levels in a member’s district have a big influence on how members see the issues you care about.

Here’s a look at the districts with the lowest share of the population over age 16 that’s in the workforce.

The share ranged from a high of 75.9%, in Alexandria, Virginia, down to a low under 45%, in two districts.

In districts with very low adult labor market participation rates, one driver could be lack of jobs. Another drive could be having an older population. In a district in which many residents are in their late 60s or older, retirement could be depressing the percentage of adults in the workforce.

For the five districts with the lowest percentage of adults in the workforce, see the data cards in the slideshow above.

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