We could look at the employment to population ratio instead, since that includes those not in the labor force. But that includes everyone over 16 and that means that senior citizens are in the group but many of them have retired. The more that retire, the lower this ratio would be and that might be misleading. It would not necessarily mean the labor market is weak.
But we have this ratio for people age 25-54 (which also eliminates college age people who might not be looking for work)
The percentage of 25-54 year-olds employed is 77.8% for August. It was 78.0% in July. It is still below the 79.7% in December 2007 when the recession started. Click here to see the BLS data.The percentage of the adult population employed was 59.742% in July (the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years and over). It fell to 59.725% in August. Click here to go to that data. It also shows that the unemployment rate was 4.9% in August.
Here is the timeline graph of the percentage of 25-54 year-olds employed since 2006. Notice how we had been rising before this year but it seems to be flattening out.
Now going all the way back to 1948