Share of part-time workers at lowest since November 2008

August 11, 2015

In July 2015, 18.3 percent of those employed worked part time. This share is the lowest since November 2008, when part-time workers as a percent of the total employed was 17.8.

Among women workers in July 2015, 24.9 percent worked part time. This share was the lowest since November 2008 (24.8 percent). In July 2015, 12.5 percent of working men worked part time. This share was the lowest since May 2014 (12.4 percent).

Part-time employment as a percentage of total employment, seasonally adjusted, January 2005–July 2015
Month Percent of total employed Percent of employed men Percent of employed women

Jan 2005

17.3 10.5 25.0

Feb 2005

17.5 10.7 25.5

Mar 2005

17.6 10.9 25.5

Apr 2005

17.4 10.8 25.0

May 2005

17.4 10.7 25.1

Jun 2005

17.2 10.5 24.9

Jul 2005

17.4 10.7 25.4

Aug 2005

17.4 10.5 25.4

Sep 2005

17.6 10.7 25.7

Oct 2005

17.6 10.8 25.4

Nov 2005

17.5 10.7 25.2

Dec 2005

17.3 10.7 24.9

Jan 2006

17.4 10.8 24.8

Feb 2006

17.2 10.6 25.0

Mar 2006

17.1 10.6 24.7

Apr 2006

16.9 10.2 24.7

May 2006

17.3 10.8 24.9

Jun 2006

17.2 10.6 24.8

Jul 2006

17.0 10.5 24.6

Aug 2006

17.0 10.5 24.5

Sep 2006

17.0 10.4 24.6

Oct 2006

17.1 10.5 24.6

Nov 2006

17.1 10.7 24.7

Dec 2006

17.3 10.7 24.9

Jan 2007

17.1 10.4 24.7

Feb 2007

17.1 10.5 24.9

Mar 2007

17.2 10.5 24.9

Apr 2007

17.3 10.3 25.4

May 2007

17.1 10.4 24.9

Jun 2007

17.4 10.9 25.0

Jul 2007

17.1 10.4 24.8

Aug 2007

17.0 10.6 24.2

Sep 2007

17.1 10.8 24.4

Oct 2007

16.9 10.6 24.2

Nov 2007

16.9 10.3 24.5

Dec 2007

16.9 10.4 24.4

Jan 2008

17.1 10.6 24.5

Feb 2008

16.9 10.6 24.2

Mar 2008

16.9 10.5 24.2

Apr 2008

17.3 10.8 24.8

May 2008

17.2 10.8 24.5

Jun 2008

17.4 11.5 24.3

Jul 2008

17.4 11.2 24.5

Aug 2008

17.6 11.2 24.8

Sep 2008

17.5 11.4 24.4

Oct 2008

17.6 11.4 24.7

Nov 2008

17.8 11.7 24.8

Dec 2008

18.4 12.1 25.4

Jan 2009

18.6 12.2 25.6

Feb 2009

18.9 12.5 26.0

Mar 2009

19.2 12.9 26.3

Apr 2009

19.4 13.1 26.4

May 2009

19.4 13.4 26.2

Jun 2009

19.6 13.3 26.6

Jul 2009

19.8 13.6 26.7

Aug 2009

19.7 13.5 26.6

Sep 2009

19.6 13.4 26.7

Oct 2009

19.8 13.6 26.8

Nov 2009

19.7 13.4 26.8

Dec 2009

19.9 13.6 27.0

Jan 2010

20.1 13.8 27.0

Feb 2010

19.9 13.7 26.8

Mar 2010

19.9 13.7 26.7

Apr 2010

19.7 13.8 26.3

May 2010

19.2 13.0 26.1

Jun 2010

19.2 13.1 25.8

Jul 2010

19.4 13.2 26.2

Aug 2010

19.9 13.3 27.1

Sep 2010

19.7 13.2 27.0

Oct 2010

19.7 13.2 26.9

Nov 2010

19.8 13.6 26.8

Dec 2010

19.7 13.5 26.7

Jan 2011

19.4 13.3 26.2

Feb 2011

19.3 13.4 25.9

Mar 2011

19.5 13.4 26.4

Apr 2011

19.6 13.5 26.5

May 2011

19.6 13.5 26.6

Jun 2011

19.7 13.6 26.6

Jul 2011

19.7 13.5 26.6

Aug 2011

19.5 13.4 26.4

Sep 2011

19.7 13.5 26.8

Oct 2011

19.6 13.5 26.4

Nov 2011

19.5 13.2 26.7

Dec 2011

19.3 13.0 26.6

Jan 2012

19.7 13.2 27.0

Feb 2012

19.5 13.4 26.3

Mar 2012

19.0 13.1 25.7

Apr 2012

19.4 13.3 26.3

May 2012

19.7 13.5 26.8

Jun 2012

19.4 13.3 26.4

Jul 2012

19.5 13.3 26.4

Aug 2012

19.4 13.3 26.2

Sep 2012

19.4 13.5 26.1

Oct 2012

19.5 13.5 26.2

Nov 2012

19.2 13.4 25.8

Dec 2012

19.3 13.3 26.1

Jan 2013

19.2 13.1 26.2

Feb 2013

19.2 13.3 26.0

Mar 2013

19.1 13.2 26.0

Apr 2013

19.2 13.1 26.2

May 2013

19.3 13.2 26.2

Jun 2013

19.4 13.3 26.1

Jul 2013

19.5 13.2 26.5

Aug 2013

19.3 13.2 26.1

Sep 2013

19.1 13.0 25.9

Oct 2013

19.0 12.8 25.9

Nov 2013

19.0 13.0 25.7

Dec 2013

19.0 13.0 25.7

Jan 2014

19.0 12.9 25.9

Feb 2014

18.8 12.4 26.0

Mar 2014

19.0 12.7 26.1

Apr 2014

18.7 12.3 25.9

May 2014

18.7 12.4 25.7

Jun 2014

19.1 12.8 26.4

Jul 2014

19.1 13.3 25.7

Aug 2014

18.9 12.9 25.7

Sep 2014

18.7 12.6 25.6

Oct 2014

18.8 12.6 25.8

Nov 2014

18.9 12.7 25.7

Dec 2014

18.7 12.7 25.5

Jan 2015

18.6 12.6 25.4

Feb 2015

18.5 12.6 25.2

Mar 2015

18.4 12.5 25.1

Apr 2015

18.7 13.0 25.2

May 2015

18.5 12.6 25.2

Jun 2015

18.6 12.8 25.1

Jul 2015

18.3 12.5 24.9

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “The Employment Situation—July 2015” (HTML) (PDF). Those employed part time are people who usually work less than 35 hours per week. For more charts featuring Current Population Survey data, see Charting the labor market: Data from the Current Population Survey (PDF). 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Share of part-time workers at lowest since November 2008 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/share-of-part-time-workers-at-lowest-since-november-2008.htm (visited May 22, 2019).

OF INTEREST
spotlight

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics