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Employment-to-Population Ratio (EPOP)

The Employment-to-Population Ratio (EPOP) is a measure of the percentage of the working-age population that is employed. It is calculated by dividing the number of employed individuals by the total working-age population and multiplying by 100.

The EPOP is an important indicator of the health of the labor market and the overall economy, as a higher EPOP suggests a larger percentage of the population is engaged in the labor market and is likely to be earning income, which can contribute to economic growth. Conversely, a lower EPOP may indicate that many individuals have become discouraged and have stopped looking for work, which can negatively impact the economy.

The EPOP is typically reported by government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the United States. The BLS releases monthly reports on employment and labor force statistics, which include information on the EPOP. In addition, financial news outlets and research organizations may report on and analyze the EPOP and other labor market data.

You can find the EPOP on the BLS website, as well as on financial news websites and research organization websites. The BLS typically releases its employment reports on the first Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

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