The average workweek for all employees on US private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.3 hour to 34.9 hours in March of 2021, following a decline of 0.4 hour in the prior month and compared with market expectations of 34.7 hours. In manufacturing, the workweek increased by 0.2 hour to 40.5 hours over the month, and overtime increased by 0.1 hour to 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 0.3 hours to 34.3 hours. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Weekly Hours in the United States averaged 34.37 Hours from 2006 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 34.90 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 May 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. Looking forward, we estimate Average Weekly Hours in the United States to stand at 34.80 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Average Weekly Hours is projected to trend around 34.40 Hours in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Average Weekly Hours

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
35.00 34.90 35.00 33.70 2006 - 2021 Hours Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-02-05 01:30 PM Jan 35 34.7 34.7 34.8
2021-03-05 01:30 PM Feb 34.6 34.9 34.9 34.9
2021-04-02 12:30 PM Mar 34.9 34.6 34.7 34.8
2021-05-07 12:30 PM Apr 35 34.9 34.9 34.9
2021-06-04 12:30 PM May 35
2021-07-02 12:30 PM Jun
2021-08-06 12:30 PM Jul
2021-09-03 12:30 PM Aug

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.10 6.00 14.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 266.00 770.00 4846.00 -20679.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 218.00 708.00 4807.00 -19731.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 48.00 62.00 517.00 -948.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -18.00 54.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 498.00 590.00 6149.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 3690.00 3653.00 23128.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 742.00 565.00 4350.00 -19392.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 151176.00 150848.00 158735.00 57172.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9812.00 9710.00 23109.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.70 -0.10 4.60 -1.30 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 35.00 34.90 35.00 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.70 61.50 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.60 2.63 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.00 11.10 27.40 4.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 116.23 116.32 117.68 17.00 points [+]
Productivity 112.73 111.26 112.73 25.99 points [+]
Job Vacancies 7151.00 7080.00 7784.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 7367.00 7099.00 7574.00 2232.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 22913.00 30603.00 671129.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 25.45 25.25 25.45 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 23.44 23.33 23.44 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.41 0.10 13.78 -6.64 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.90 0.70 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 57.90 57.80 64.70 51.30 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 126161.00 125803.00 131755.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims 101.21 121.41 1352.29 32.08 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 25024.00 25078.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Jobless Claims 4-week Average 560.00 621.00 5301.25 179.00 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.