The average workweek for all employees on US private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.3 hours in December 2019. In manufacturing, the average workweek and overtime remained at 40.5 hours and 3.2 hours, respectively. The average workweek of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees held at 33.5 hours. Average Weekly Hours in the United States averaged 34.35 Hours from 2006 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 34.60 Hours in August of 2014 and a record low of 33.70 Hours in June of 2009.

Average Weekly Hours in the United States is expected to be 34.50 Hours by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Average Weekly Hours in the United States to stand at 34.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Average Weekly Hours is projected to trend around 34.40 Hours in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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United States Average Weekly Hours

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
34.30 34.30 34.60 33.70 2006 - 2019 Hours Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-04 12:30 PM Sep 34.4 34.4 34.4 34.5
2019-11-01 12:30 PM Oct 34.4 34.4 34.4 34.4
2019-12-06 01:30 PM Nov 34.4 34.4 34.4 34.4
2020-01-10 01:30 PM Dec 34.3 34.3 34.4 34.4
2020-02-07 01:30 PM Jan 34.3 34.4


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.

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.50 3.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 145.00 256.00 1118.00 -1959.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 139.00 243.00 1092.00 -1766.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 6.00 13.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -12.00 58.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 204.00 214.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 1767.00 1804.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 202.00 124.00 360.00 -706.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 158803.00 158536.00 158803.00 57172.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 5753.00 5811.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.10 0.30 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.30 34.30 34.60 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.20 63.20 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.72 0.74 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.10 8.00 19.50 4.80 percent [+]
Productivity 107.53 107.59 107.59 25.99 points [+]
Labour Costs 112.00 111.30 112.00 17.00 points [+]
Job Vacancies 7626.00 7095.00 7884.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6800.00 7361.00 7626.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 32843.00 44569.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 23.79 23.77 23.79 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.57 22.41 22.57 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 5.34 5.03 13.78 -5.88 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.70 0.60 2.00 0.20 percent [+]
Population 327.17 325.15 327.17 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 61.00 61.00 64.70 54.90 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 131755.00 131562.00 131755.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1960.00 1760.00 2340.00 1760.00 USD/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 4520.00 4330.00 4950.00 4330.00 USD/Month [+]
Part Time Employment 26992.00 26992.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 2380.00 2270.00 2380.00 2160.00 USD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1660.00 1560.00 1660.00 1450.00 USD/Month [+]