Full-time work and year-round work both rose in 2013

December 23, 2014

A total of 157 million people in the United States worked at some point during 2013. That was 63.5 percent of the civilian population age 16 and older, little different from the 63.8 percent who worked in 2012. Of those who worked in 2013, 66.9 percent worked full time, year round, up from 65.5 percent in 2012.

 

 

Percent distribution of people who worked during 2012 and 2013, by usual full- or part-time status and number of weeks worked
Work status Both sexes Men Women
2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013

Total who worked

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Usual full time, total

78.4 79.0 84.5 85.5 71.5 71.8

50–52 weeks

65.5 66.9 71.0 72.7 59.4 60.5

48–49 weeks

1.2 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.1

40–47 weeks

3.5 3.1 3.6 3.1 3.3 3.1

27–39 weeks

2.8 2.6 3.1 2.8 2.6 2.4

14–26 weeks

3.0 3.1 3.1 3.4 2.9 2.8

1–13 weeks

2.4 2.1 2.5 2.2 2.3 1.9

Usual part time, total

21.6 21.0 15.5 14.5 28.5 28.2

50–52 weeks

11.2 10.9 7.5 7.1 15.2 15.2

48–49 weeks

0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.8 0.7

40–47 weeks

1.8 1.9 1.3 1.2 2.4 2.7

27–39 weeks

1.9 1.9 1.3 1.3 2.5 2.5

14–26 weeks

3.1 2.9 2.3 2.3 4.0 3.7

1–13 weeks

3.1 2.9 2.6 2.4 3.6 3.4

Although about the same percentage of people worked in 2013 as in 2012, workers in 2013 were more likely to work full time and more likely to work year round. Among those who worked during 2013, 79.0 percent usually worked full time, up from 78.4 percent in 2012. Men continued to be more likely to work full time during the year than women. The percentage of employed men working full time rose over the year, while the percentage of women working full time changed little.

People who worked during 2013 were more likely to work year round than in 2012. Year-round workers are those who worked 50 to 52 weeks, either full or part time. The percentages of men and women working year round both increased in 2013.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Work Experience of the Population — 2013" (HTML) (PDF). Full time means 35 hours or more per week.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Full-time work and year-round work both rose in 2013 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141223.htm (visited August 17, 2017).

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