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This public policy brief examines labor force participation rates in this recession and recovery and compares them with the cyclical patterns in earlier business cycles. Measured relative to the business cycle peak in March 2001, labor force participation rates almost four years later have not recovered as much as usual, and the discrepancies are large. Among age-by-sex groups, the participation shortfall is especially pronounced at young and prime ages: Only for men and women age 55 and olderdoi:10.2139/ssrn.887766 fatcat:lhckq7enjbclbkbffe6age4wse