How are the labor force components (i.e., civilian non-institutional population, civilian labor force, employed, unemployed, and unemployment rate) defined?

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A. Civilian non-institutional population: Included are persons 16 years and older residing in the 50 states and the District of Columbia who are not residing in institutions (e.g., prison and mental facilities, homes for the elderly), and are not on active duty in the Armed Forces. - Civilian labor force: Included are all persons in the civilian non-institutional population classified as either employed or unemployed. - Employed: Includes those who, during the reference week (the week including the twelfth day of the month) did any work as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family, or were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent. Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job. - Unemployed: Those individuals who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work ( ... more
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