To Work We Go

New people--immigrants, mothers, the old and the young--are entering the labor force and keeping the U.S. economy humming

Harmanjit Singh and Keetha Mock would seem to have just about nothing in common. Singh, 25, is a bachelor, a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology and a computer programmer for Lucent Technologies in California's Silicon Valley. Mock, 39, is a divorced mother of three in Pontiac, Mich., and a former welfare client who until last Christmas had never worked steadily. But in their diversity, they exemplify one reason for the amazing length and strength of the U.S. boom. Despite all the recent gyrations in the stock market, the longest economic expansion in U.S. history has not only created...

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