The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.7 hours in December of 2021, below market estimates of 34.8. In manufacturing, the average workweek edged down by 0.1 hour to 40.3 hours, and overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.2 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.2 hours. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Weekly Hours in the United States averaged 34.39 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 January of 2022.

Average Weekly Hours in the United States is expected to be 34.80 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 2023 and 34.40 Hours in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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United States Average Weekly Hours


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.
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
2021-12-03 01:30 PM Average Weekly Hours Nov 34.8 34.7 34.7 34.7
2022-01-07 01:30 PM Average Weekly Hours Dec 34.7 34.7 34.8 34.8
2022-02-04 01:30 PM Average Weekly Hours Jan 34.7 34.7


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 3.90 4.20 percent Dec/21
Non Farm Payrolls 199.00 249.00 Thousand Dec/21
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 211.00 270.00 Thousand Dec/21
Government Payrolls -12.00 -21.00 Thousand Dec/21
Manufacturing Payrolls 26.00 35.00 Thousand Dec/21
Employed Persons 155975.00 155324.00 Thousand Dec/21
Unemployed Persons 6319.00 6802.00 Thousand Dec/21
Average Hourly Earnings 0.60 0.40 percent Dec/21
Average Weekly Hours 34.70 34.70 Hours Dec/21
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.90 61.90 percent Dec/21
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.24 1.35 percent Dec/21
Youth Unemployment Rate 8.20 8.40 percent Dec/21
Productivity 111.28 112.76 points Sep/21
Labour Costs 122.71 119.94 points Sep/21
Job Vacancies 9912.00 11476.00 Thousand Nov/21
Job Offers 10562.00 11033.00 Thousand Nov/21
Wages 26.61 26.40 USD/Hour Dec/21
Wages in Manufacturing 24.42 24.27 USD/Hour Dec/21
Employment Cost Index 1.30 0.70 percent Sep/21
Average Hourly Earnings YoY 4.70 5.10 percent Dec/21
Part Time Employment 25681.00 25948.00 Thousand Dec/21
Employment Rate 59.50 59.30 percent Dec/21
Full Time Employment 130191.00 129260.00 Thousand Dec/21