Reasons for working part time
March 21, 2001
About 20.6 million workers usually worked part time in 2000, most for noneconomic reasons.
Of these part-time workers, only 1.9 million worked part time for economic reasons, such as slack work or business conditions.
Among the remaining part-timers, about 6.2 million worked part time because they were in school or training—this was the most common reason for working part time. The next most common reason was "other family or personal obligations."
These data are a product of the Current Population Survey. Part time work is defined as working less than 35 hours per week. Additional information on part-time workers in 2000 can be found in Table 20 of the January 2001 Employment and Earnings.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Reasons for working part time on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/mar/wk3/art03.htm (visited May 06, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.