Number of people working part time for economic reasons falls in June 2016

July 12, 2016

The number of people working part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) decreased by 587,000 to 5.8 million in June 2016, offsetting an increase in May. These workers would have preferred full-time employment but were working part time because their hours had been cut or because they could not find a full-time job.

 

 

Number of people employed part time for economic and noneconomic reasons, seasonally adjusted, June 2006 to June 2016
Month Part time for economic reasons Part time for noneconomic reasons

Jun 2006

4,318,000 19,520,000

Jul 2006

4,303,000 19,386,000

Aug 2006

4,195,000 19,521,000

Sep 2006

4,115,000 19,551,000

Oct 2006

4,352,000 19,592,000

Nov 2006

4,190,000 19,863,000

Dec 2006

4,187,000 19,953,000

Jan 2007

4,279,000 19,791,000

Feb 2007

4,220,000 20,029,000

Mar 2007

4,253,000 20,134,000

Apr 2007

4,313,000 19,809,000

May 2007

4,473,000 19,779,000

Jun 2007

4,342,000 20,044,000

Jul 2007

4,410,000 19,842,000

Aug 2007

4,576,000 19,657,000

Sep 2007

4,521,000 19,737,000

Oct 2007

4,325,000 19,385,000

Nov 2007

4,494,000 19,578,000

Dec 2007

4,618,000 19,547,000

Jan 2008

4,846,000 19,567,000

Feb 2008

4,902,000 19,377,000

Mar 2008

4,904,000 19,417,000

Apr 2008

5,220,000 19,710,000

May 2008

5,286,000 19,474,000

Jun 2008

5,540,000 19,542,000

Jul 2008

5,930,000 19,200,000

Aug 2008

5,851,000 19,610,000

Sep 2008

6,148,000 19,271,000

Oct 2008

6,690,000 19,043,000

Nov 2008

7,311,000 18,928,000

Dec 2008

8,029,000 18,991,000

Jan 2009

8,046,000 18,857,000

Feb 2009

8,796,000 18,862,000

Mar 2009

9,145,000 18,780,000

Apr 2009

8,908,000 19,046,000

May 2009

9,113,000 18,902,000

Jun 2009

9,024,000 18,797,000

Jul 2009

8,891,000 18,903,000

Aug 2009

9,029,000 18,634,000

Sep 2009

8,847,000 18,589,000

Oct 2009

8,979,000 18,656,000

Nov 2009

9,114,000 18,340,000

Dec 2009

9,098,000 18,436,000

Jan 2010

8,530,000 18,545,000

Feb 2010

8,936,000 18,288,000

Mar 2010

9,233,000 18,305,000

Apr 2010

9,178,000 18,009,000

May 2010

8,845,000 17,883,000

Jun 2010

8,577,000 17,889,000

Jul 2010

8,500,000 18,196,000

Aug 2010

8,800,000 18,588,000

Sep 2010

9,246,000 18,291,000

Oct 2010

8,837,000 18,229,000

Nov 2010

8,873,000 18,473,000

Dec 2010

8,935,000 18,311,000

Jan 2011

8,470,000 17,808,000

Feb 2011

8,464,000 18,206,000

Mar 2011

8,645,000 18,484,000

Apr 2011

8,652,000 18,296,000

May 2011

8,576,000 18,436,000

Jun 2011

8,427,000 18,404,000

Jul 2011

8,281,000 18,196,000

Aug 2011

8,788,000 18,181,000

Sep 2011

9,166,000 18,396,000

Oct 2011

8,657,000 18,441,000

Nov 2011

8,447,000 18,559,000

Dec 2011

8,171,000 18,565,000

Jan 2012

8,267,000 18,726,000

Feb 2012

8,214,000 18,843,000

Mar 2012

7,793,000 18,598,000

Apr 2012

7,907,000 18,818,000

May 2012

8,123,000 19,447,000

Jun 2012

8,081,000 18,654,000

Jul 2012

8,092,000 18,726,000

Aug 2012

7,998,000 18,941,000

Sep 2012

8,667,000 18,751,000

Oct 2012

8,229,000 18,940,000

Nov 2012

8,150,000 18,591,000

Dec 2012

7,922,000 18,892,000

Jan 2013

8,030,000 18,382,000

Feb 2013

8,089,000 18,954,000

Mar 2013

7,682,000 18,855,000

Apr 2013

7,924,000 18,923,000

May 2013

7,901,000 19,074,000

Jun 2013

8,104,000 18,852,000

Jul 2013

8,093,000 19,041,000

Aug 2013

7,837,000 19,477,000

Sep 2013

8,008,000 18,976,000

Oct 2013

8,028,000 18,704,000

Nov 2013

7,708,000 18,804,000

Dec 2013

7,763,000 18,828,000

Jan 2014

7,250,000 19,274,000

Feb 2014

7,230,000 19,087,000

Mar 2014

7,428,000 19,347,000

Apr 2014

7,452,000 18,800,000

May 2014

7,219,000 19,160,000

Jun 2014

7,473,000 19,688,000

Jul 2014

7,440,000 19,718,000

Aug 2014

7,213,000 19,687,000

Sep 2014

7,124,000 19,628,000

Oct 2014

7,065,000 19,772,000

Nov 2014

6,844,000 19,981,000

Dec 2014

6,786,000 19,737,000

Jan 2015

6,784,000 19,835,000

Feb 2015

6,630,000 19,850,000

Mar 2015

6,673,000 19,774,000

Apr 2015

6,549,000 20,034,000

May 2015

6,600,000 19,950,000

Jun 2015

6,465,000 20,455,000

Jul 2015

6,300,000 19,863,000

Aug 2015

6,481,000 19,772,000

Sep 2015

6,034,000 19,997,000

Oct 2015

5,761,000 20,179,000

Nov 2015

6,085,000 20,171,000

Dec 2015

6,022,000 20,243,000

Jan 2016

5,988,000 20,311,000

Feb 2016

5,988,000 20,615,000

Mar 2016

6,123,000 20,428,000

Apr 2016

5,962,000 20,469,000

May 2016

6,430,000 20,606,000

Jun 2016

5,843,000 20,505,000

Note: People who work part time for economic reasons worked fewer than 35 hours during the survey reference week for an economic reason such as slack work or unfavorable business conditions, inability to find full-time work, or seasonal declines in demand. People who usually work part time for noneconomic reasons include those who worked fewer than 35 hours because of school or training, family or personal obligations, or other reasons.

The number of involuntary part-time workers in June was 3.4 million lower than the most recent peak in September 2010. Despite the decline, there were still about 1.4 million more involuntary part-time workers in June 2016 than in the months just before the start of the 2007–09 recession.

There were 20.5 million people in June 2016 who worked part time for noneconomic reasons. These people worked part time because of school or training, family or personal obligations, or other reasons.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see β€œThe Employment Situation β€” June 2016” (HTML) (PDF). For more charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation. Part-time workers are people who worked fewer than 35 hours during the survey reference week.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Number of people working part time for economic reasons falls in June 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/number-of-people-working-part-time-for-economic-reasons-falls-in-june-2016.htm (visited November 22, 2018).

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