The labor force participation rate in the United States was little-changed at 61.6 percent in September and has remained within a narrow range of 61.4 percent to 61.7 percent since June 2020. The participation rate is 1.7 percentage points lower than in February 2020. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Labor Force Participation Rate in the United States averaged 62.85 percent from 1948 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 67.30 percent in January of 2000 and a record low of 58.10 percent in December of 1954. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Labor Force Participation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Labor Force Participation Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Labor Force Participation Rate in the United States is expected to be 62.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United States Labor Force Participation Rate is projected to trend around 62.70 percent in 2022 and 62.90 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Labor Force Participation Rate


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-09-03 12:30 PM Aug 61.7% 61.7% 61.7%
2021-10-08 12:30 PM Sep 61.6% 61.7% 61.8%
2021-11-05 12:30 PM Oct 61.6% 61.8%


United States Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Unemployment Rate 4.80 percent Sep/21 5.20 14.80 2.50
Non Farm Payrolls 194.00 Thousand Sep/21 366.00 4846.00 -20679.00
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 317.00 Thousand Sep/21 332.00 4807.00 -19731.00
Government Payrolls -123.00 Thousand Sep/21 34.00 517.00 -948.00
Manufacturing Payrolls 26.00 Thousand Sep/21 31.00 655.00 -1715.00
Unemployed Persons 7674.00 Thousand Sep/21 8384.00 23109.00 1596.00
Employed Persons 153680.00 Thousand Sep/21 153154.00 158735.00 57172.00
Average Hourly Earnings 0.60 percent Sep/21 0.40 4.60 -1.30
Average Weekly Hours 34.80 Hours Sep/21 34.60 35.00 33.70
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.60 percent Sep/21 61.70 67.30 58.10
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.66 percent Sep/21 1.97 4.40 0.08
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.00 percent Sep/21 9.90 27.40 4.80
Labour Costs 118.60 points Jun/21 118.23 119.07 17.01
Productivity 112.70 points Jun/21 112.10 112.70 25.97
Job Vacancies 10679.00 Thousand Aug/21 11901.00 11901.00 2157.00
Job Offers 10439.00 Thousand Aug/21 11098.00 11098.00 2232.00
Wages 26.15 USD/Hour Sep/21 26.01 26.15 2.50
Wages in Manufacturing 24.24 USD/Hour Sep/21 23.96 24.24 1.27
Employment Cost Index 0.70 percent Jun/21 0.90 2.00 0.20
Part Time Employment 25747.00 Thousand Sep/21 25783.00 28134.00 10086.00
Full Time Employment 128027.00 Thousand Sep/21 127436.00 131755.00 64640.00
Employment Rate 58.70 percent Sep/21 58.50 64.70 51.30


United States Labor Force Participation Rate
The civilian labor force participation rate is the number of employed and unemployed but looking for a job as a percentage of the population aged 16 years and over.