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The share of workers who worked full time, year round rose to 71.0 percent in 2022

February 05, 2024

A total of 169.8 million people worked at some point during 2022, up by 2.9 million from 2021. In 2022, labor market conditions continued to recover from the recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The percentage of workers who worked full time, year round (that is, 50 to 52 weeks) increased from 69.8 percent in 2021 to 71.0 percent in 2022—a series high. This proportion was also 0.8 percentage point higher than the pre-pandemic figure in 2019.

Percent of workers who worked full time, year round by sex, 1950–2022
Year Total Men Women

1950

55.7 65.4 36.8

1951

57.4 68.1 37.6

1952

57.4 67.6 38.7

1953

58.9 69.1 39.5

1954

55.8 65.6 38.0

1955

56.6 67.5 37.9

1956

56.4 67.5 37.3

1957

55.1 65.9 37.0

1958

53.6 63.5 36.9

1959

53.8 64.3 36.1

1960

53.7 63.9 36.9

1961

53.6 63.7 36.9

1962

53.7 64.2 36.8

1963

54.6 65.8 36.9

1964

55.0 66.2 37.5

1965

56.1 67.3 38.8

1966

58.0 70.0 40.1

1967

58.6 69.9 42.1

1968

57.9 69.4 41.4

1969

57.1 68.3 41.1

1970

55.6 66.1 40.7

1971

56.1 66.0 41.8

1972

57.0 67.2 42.5

1973

57.0 67.9 41.9

1974

54.3 64.5 40.4

1975

54.3 63.8 41.4

1976

54.2 64.1 41.1

1977

54.8 64.6 42.1

1978

56.2 66.1 43.6

1979

56.3 66.3 43.7

1980

56.1 65.2 44.7

1981

55.9 64.5 45.1

1982

55.0 62.3 45.9

1983

56.8 64.3 47.6

1984

58.1 66.5 48.2

1985

58.7 66.8 48.9

1986

59.2 67.3 49.5

1987

60.2 68.3 50.7

1988

61.0 69.0 51.8

1989

60.8 69.0 51.3

1990

60.4 68.0 51.5

1991

60.0 66.5 52.6

1992

60.7 66.8 53.6

1993

60.9 68.1 52.8

1994

61.7 69.5 53.0

1995

62.9 70.6 54.3

1996

63.3 70.8 54.8

1997

64.2 71.7 55.8

1998

65.6 73.9 56.5

1999

65.9 73.4 57.6

2000

66.7 74.2 58.4

2001

66.3 73.2 58.6

2002

66.3 73.0 58.8

2003

66.3 73.0 58.8

2004

66.8 73.8 59.0

2005

67.5 74.2 59.9

2006

68.4 75.2 60.7

2007

68.4 74.6 61.5

2008

65.6 71.2 59.3

2009

64.0 68.3 59.3

2010

64.7 69.4 59.4

2011

65.8 71.2 59.8

2012

65.5 71.0 59.4

2013

66.9 72.7 60.5

2014

67.9 73.9 61.2

2015

68.0 73.9 61.4

2016

68.8 74.7 62.2

2017

69.5 75.3 63.1

2018

70.4 76.2 64.0

2019

70.2 75.4 64.5

2020

63.1 67.9 57.8

2021

69.8 74.6 64.5

2022

71.0 75.8 65.7

When the series began in 1950, working men were much more likely to work full time, year round than working women (65.4 percent versus 36.8 percent). Women began narrowing the gap in the late 1970s and early 1980s when the percentage who worked full time, year round rose faster than it did for men. This gap has closed considerably since 1950, with the percentage of men working full time, year round rising to 75.8 percent in 2022 and that of women rising to 65.7 percent.

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, The share of workers who worked full time, year round rose to 71.0 percent in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/the-share-of-workers-who-worked-full-time-year-round-rose-to-71-0-percent-in-2022.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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