The labor force participation rate in the United States was unchanged at 61.9 percent in December 2021, remaining still 1.5 percentage points lower than in February 2020 before the pandemic started. 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 January of 2022.

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 62.50 percent in 2023 and 62.90 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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United States Labor Force Participation Rate


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-12-03 01:30 PM Nov 61.8% 61.6% 61.7%
2022-01-07 01:30 PM Dec 61.9% 61.9% 61.9%
2022-02-04 01:30 PM Jan 61.9% 62%


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
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
Job Offers 10562.00 11033.00 Thousand Nov/21
Average Hourly Earnings YoY 4.70 5.10 percent Dec/21
Employment Rate 59.50 59.30 percent Dec/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.