The labor force participation rate was unchanged at 61.6 percent in October 2021 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 November of 2021.

Labor Force Participation Rate in the United States is expected to be 61.70 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 62.50 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
2021-10-08 12:30 PM Sep 61.6% 61.7% 61.8%
2021-11-05 12:30 PM Oct 61.6% 61.6% 61.8%
2021-12-03 01:30 PM Nov 61.6% 61.7%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 4.60 4.80 percent Oct/21
Non Farm Payrolls 531.00 312.00 Thousand Oct/21
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 604.00 365.00 Thousand Oct/21
Government Payrolls -73.00 -53.00 Thousand Oct/21
Manufacturing Payrolls 60.00 31.00 Thousand Oct/21
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.60 percent Oct/21
Average Weekly Hours 34.70 34.80 Hours Oct/21
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.60 61.60 percent Oct/21
Job Offers 10438.00 10629.00 Thousand Sep/21
Average Hourly Earnings YoY 4.90 4.60 percent Oct/21
Employment Rate 58.80 58.70 percent Oct/21
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.