Here are two charts from the BLS which is a comparison for speculation

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Civilian labor force

From the above chart we can clearly see a upward trend (the blue shaded areas are recessions)

Civilian labor force participation rate

From the above chart, since 2001 there has been a downward trend to 2016. 2016 to 2018 it is flat.

Analysis is working population is increasing, whereas the participation rate is falling. The USA has a shrinking job market or a lot of people are working under the table or not at all.

Below is the link for the charts above and others:

https://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cps_charts.pdf

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