The labor force participation rate for all ages was at 54.4 percent, the Labor Department said on Wednesday.
That’s the lowest since December 2017.
The rate has fallen for two consecutive months, the lowest rate since January 2016.
The Labor Department’s jobless claims fell 0.4 percentage points to 7.5 million.
That’s a sharp decline from the 5.3 million claimed last month.
But the drop in claims is still well below the peak of 11.5 percent in February 2018.
It’s been a rough month for the economy, with the jobless rate dropping to a seven-year low.
The U.S. is on pace to be the fastest growing major economy in six years.