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80.6 percent of those who worked in 2022 were employed year round

January 04, 2024

In 2022, the proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over who worked at some time during the year increased by 0.5 percentage point to 63.8 percent in 2022; this was 1.1 percentage points lower than the pre-pandemic figure in 2019.

Work experience of the population by full- or part-time status, and extent of employment (percent distribution), 2021-2022
Usual full- or part-time status and extent of employment Total Men Women
2021 2022 2021 2022 2021 2022

Full time (total)

81.8 81.9 86.7 86.7 76.4 76.4

50 to 52 weeks

69.8 71.0 74.6 75.8 64.5 65.7

48 to 49 weeks

1.3 1.2 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.1

40 to 47 weeks

3.1 3.3 3.0 3.2 3.3 3.4

27 to 39 weeks

2.6 2.2 2.6 2.2 2.5 2.1

14 to 26 weeks

3.0 2.6 3.1 2.6 2.8 2.5

1 to 13 weeks

2.0 1.6 2.0 1.6 2.1 1.6

Part time (total)

18.2 18.1 13.3 13.3 23.6 23.6

50 to 52 weeks

9.3 9.6 6.4 6.6 12.6 12.9

48 to 49 weeks

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.6

40 to 47 weeks

1.4 1.6 1.1 1.2 1.9 2.1

27 to 39 weeks

1.5 1.6 1.2 1.2 1.9 2.0

14 to 26 weeks

2.8 2.6 2.1 2.0 3.5 3.2

1 to 13 weeks

2.7 2.4 2.2 1.9 3.2 2.9

Among those with work experience in 2022, 81.9 percent usually worked full time, essentially unchanged from a year earlier. Men remained more likely to work full time than women (86.7 percent versus 76.4 percent).

The proportion of workers who worked full time, year round (that is, 50 to 52 weeks) rose by 1.2 percentage points from the prior year to a series high of 71.0 percent in 2022. The proportion who worked full time, year round increased over the year for both men and women. The share of women reached a series high of 65.7 percent in 2022, and the proportion for men rose to 75.8 percent. The series high for men was 76.2 percent in 2018. (These data series began in 1950.)

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Work Experience of the Population — 2022." Full time means 35 hours or more per week. Time worked includes paid vacation and sick leave.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 80.6 percent of those who worked in 2022 were employed year round at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/80-6-percent-of-those-who-worked-in-2022-were-employed-year-round.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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