The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 34.7 hours for the third consecutive month in August of 2021. In manufacturing, the average workweek fell by 0.2 hour over the month to 40.3 hours, and overtime remained at 3.2 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.2 hours. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Weekly Hours in the United States averaged 34.38 Hours from 2006 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 35 Hours in January of 2021 and a record low of 33.70 Hours in June of 2009. This page provides - United States Average Weekly Hours - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Average Weekly Hours - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2021.

Average Weekly Hours in the United States is expected to be 34.70 Hours by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United States Average Weekly Hours is projected to trend around 35.00 Hours in 2022 and 34.40 Hours in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Average Weekly Hours

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
34.70 34.70 35.00 33.70 2006 - 2021 Hours Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-04 12:30 PM May 34.9 34.9 35 35
2021-07-02 12:30 PM Jun 34.7 34.8 34.9 34.9
2021-08-06 12:30 PM Jul 34.8 34.8 34.7 34.7
2021-09-03 12:30 PM Aug 34.7 34.7 34.8 34.8
2021-10-08 12:30 PM Sep 34.7 34.7 34.7
2021-11-05 12:30 PM Oct
2021-12-03 01:30 PM Nov

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.20 5.40 14.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 235.00 1053.00 4846.00 -20679.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 243.00 798.00 4807.00 -19731.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -8.00 255.00 517.00 -948.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 37.00 52.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 351.00 335.00 6149.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2845.00 2714.00 23128.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 374.00 326.00 4350.00 -19392.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 153154.00 152645.00 158735.00 57172.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8384.00 8702.00 23109.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.60 0.40 4.60 -1.30 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.70 34.70 35.00 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.70 61.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.97 2.12 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.90 9.20 27.40 4.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 118.60 118.23 119.07 17.01 points [+]
Productivity 112.70 112.10 112.70 25.97 points [+]
Job Vacancies 11664.00 10342.00 11664.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 10934.00 10185.00 10934.00 2232.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 15723.00 18942.00 671129.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 25.99 25.85 25.99 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 23.95 23.81 23.95 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 10.10 10.24 14.48 -5.88 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.90 2.00 0.20 percent [+]
Population 329.48 328.33 329.48 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Employment Rate 58.50 58.40 64.70 51.30 percent [+]
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims 15.16 28.46 1352.29 15.16 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 25783.00 25360.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Jobless Claims 4-week Average 335.75 336.50 5301.25 179.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 127436.00 127466.00 131755.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]


United States Average Weekly Hours
Average weekly hours are the total weekly hours divided by the employees paid for those hours. Unpaid absenteeism, labor turnover, part-time work, and stoppages cause average weekly hours to be lower than scheduled hours of work for an establishment.