The workforce, or currently working population, includes all people who meet the requirements for inclusion among employees (civil employment plus the armed forces) or the unemployed. The labor force, or labor force, is the total number of people who are currently employed plus the number of people who are unemployed and seeking employment. This number does not include people who are unemployed and are not looking for employment, such as students and retirees. People who want a job but are not currently looking for one are not considered part of the workforce either.
In short, the workforce includes those who have a job or are actively looking for one. The labor force is the number of people in employment plus the unemployed looking for work. The workforce does not include the unemployed who are not looking for work. People who are not part of the workforce are those who, during the reference week, were unwilling or unable to offer or provide labor services under the conditions existing in their labor markets (this includes people studying full time and currently attending school).
The labor force or the economically active population, also abbreviated as the working population, includes both employees (employed and self-employed) and the unemployed, but not those who are economically inactive, such as preschool children, schoolchildren, students and pensioners.