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“Labor” or “Labour”


Labor and labour are both English terms.


Labor is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while labour is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
labor 98 14 10 94 28 30 63 19 12 19 25 30
labour 2 86 90 6 72 70 37 81 88 81 75 70

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "labor" over "labour" (98 to 2).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 86 to 14 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In India, there is a 90 to 10 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "labor" over "labour" (94 to 6).
  • In Canada, there is a 72 to 28 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In Australia, there is a 70 to 30 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "labor" over "labour" (63 to 37).
  • In Ireland, there is a 81 to 19 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 88 to 12 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In Jamaica, there is a 81 to 19 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a 75 to 25 preference for "labour" over "labor".
  • In Guyana, there is a 70 to 30 preference for "labour" over "labor".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use labor or labour with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “labor”

  • anodes, which save capital and labor to bake the anodes but
  • was convicted of bribing a labor official.
  • Diane suddenly goes in to labor and she is rushed to
  • forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or practices similar
  • Victorian Legislative Assembly for the Labor Party from 1996 to 2010
  • captives were pressed into hard labor in the service of the
  • founding member of the Communist Labor Party of America, bringing the
  • you get down to the labor issues, if we sell a
  • For example, labor force requirements in cities and
  • Series for the episode "Love's Labor Lost".

Examples of “labour”

  • congress of the Party of Labour of Albania.
  • cooperatives, cooperation between capital and labour, etc.
  • Field, Labour MP for Paddington North from
  • in 1850 to provide a labour force for public works, there
  • of his leadership of the Labour Party, Miliband has expressed regret
  • was defeated by the Unity Labour Party
  • UAE in protest at the Labour government, although it was also
  • She was formally appointed Labour Party General Secretary on the
  • Val Shawcross, Labour representative on the London Assembly
  • Following the passage of the Labour Party's validating retrospective legislation on

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