The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls remained unchanged at 34.8 hours in November of 2020, in line with market expectations. In manufacturing, the workweek decreased by 0.2 hour to 40.3 hours, and overtime decreased by 0.1 hour to 3.1 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.2 hours. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Weekly Hours in the United States averaged 34.36 Hours from 2006 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 34.80 Hours in September of 2020 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 December of 2020.

Average Weekly Hours in the United States is expected to be 34.50 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 34.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Average Weekly Hours is projected to trend around 34.40 Hours in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Average Weekly Hours

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
34.80 34.80 34.80 33.70 2006 - 2020 Hours Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-09-04 12:30 PM Aug 34.6 34.5 34.5 34.4
2020-10-02 12:30 PM Sep 34.7 34.6 34.6 34.6
2020-11-06 01:30 PM Oct 34.8 34.8 34.7 34.6
2020-12-04 01:30 PM Nov 34.8 34.8 34.8 34.8
2021-01-08 01:30 PM Dec 34.8 34.8
2021-02-05 01:30 PM Jan
2021-03-05 01:30 PM Feb
2021-04-02 12:30 PM Mar

United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.70 6.90 14.70 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 245.00 610.00 4781.00 -20787.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 344.00 877.00 4729.00 -19835.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -99.00 -267.00 465.00 -952.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 27.00 33.00 655.00 -1715.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 885.00 862.00 6867.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 5508.00 5781.00 24912.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
ADP Employment Change 307.00 404.00 4485.00 -19409.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 149732.00 149806.00 158803.00 57172.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 10735.00 11061.00 23078.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 4.70 -1.30 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.80 34.80 34.80 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.50 61.70 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.46 2.21 4.40 0.08 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.50 11.70 27.40 4.80 percent [+]
Labour Costs 115.75 117.74 117.74 17.00 points [+]
Productivity 112.34 111.08 112.34 25.99 points [+]
Job Vacancies 7097.00 6608.00 7746.00 2157.00 Thousand [+]
Job Offers 6652.00 6494.00 7520.00 2264.00 Thousand [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 64797.00 80666.00 671129.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 24.87 24.80 25.12 2.50 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 23.08 22.93 23.08 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 2.11 1.89 13.78 -6.64 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Employment Cost Index 0.50 0.50 2.00 0.20 percent [+]
Population 329.13 327.17 329.13 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 57.30 57.40 64.70 51.30 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 124345.00 123593.00 131755.00 64640.00 Thousand [+]
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims 455.04 415.04 1352.18 31.95 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 25384.00 26163.00 28134.00 10086.00 Thousand [+]
Jobless Claims 4-week Average 812.50 778.25 5790.25 179.00 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.