The economy has churned out an average of 200,000 jobs per month this year. But the pace is sure to slow unless more workers come off the sidelines.
Between the lines: The long-running U.S. economic expansion has driven unemployment down to 3.7%, a half-century low. And to attract and keep workers, companies are raising wages at their fastest pace since 2009. But these improving conditions have yet to change the minds of millions of Americans who have given up looking for work. Unless they are drawn in, their absence could start to be a drag on economic growth.