NPR logo Average Workweek Recovers (Slightly) From Record Low

Jobs

Average Workweek Recovers (Slightly) From Record Low

Up slightly from a record low. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics hide caption

toggle caption
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In the June unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the most startling numbers was for average time spent working each week. It hit 33 hours in June, the lowest on record, and a monthly fall of .8 percent. Employers are less likely to hire new people until the ones they've got are occupied full time full-time.

In today's new report, for July, the average number climbed a nubbin to 33.1 hours per week.

Other Charts: Overall Unemployment/ Duration of Unemployment/ Average Hourly Wages