Number of full-time employees in the United States from 1990 to 2016 (in millions)

Loading statistic...
Number of employees in millions

© Statista 2017

Download Settings Share
Chart type
Share on Social Media
HTML code to embed chart as PNG (FAQ)
Description Source More information
This statistic shows the not seasonally adjusted number of full-time employees in the United States from 1990 to 2016. In 2016, about 123.76 million people were employed on a full-time basis.
Employment and salary

The number of full-time employees in the United States has increased by almost 20 million people since 1991. In 1990, there were 98.67 million full-time employees which had increased to 116.31 million employees in 2013. After the recession, the number of full-time employees dropped and part-time employment increased significantly. There were about 26.58 million part-time employees in the country as of July 2015. Full-time employment usually is associated with certain benefits that are otherwise not offered to part-time employees, such as health insurance and annual leave. In the United States, the Affordable Care Act defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours or more. Salary in the United States can vary greatly between ethnicities and gender. The median weekly earnings of a full-time salary worker, was 953 U.S. dollars for the Asian population but only 639 U.S. dollars for the Black or African American population. On average in 2013, female salary workers earned an hourly wage of 12.12 U.S. dollars and males earned an hourly wage of 14 U.S. dollars. Based on a constant value, the wage among salary workers has fluctuated since 1979 where employees earned a median of 13.29 U.S. dollars and 12.93 U.S. dollars in 2013. Minimum wage in the United States was established at 7.25 U.S. dollars per hour as of 2009.
Show more
Release date
January 2017
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2016
Supplementary notes
In line with the definition of the BLS, full-time is 35 hours or more per week

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year

Statistics on "U.S. unemployment"

  • Unemployment
The most important statistics
  • Employment
  • Outlook
The most important statistics

Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format

U.S. unemployment

All Information
in one Presentation

U.S. unemployment

Everything On "U.S. unemployment" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

Statista for Your Company: The Research and Analysis Tool

  • Product Film
  • Statistics
  • Downloads

Our Premium Statistics - facts for your business

Currently, Statista provides more than 1 million statistics.
93 percent (all Premium content) are exclusively accessible via our professional accounts.

Unlimited access

As a Statista Premium customer, you receive unlimited access to all statistics at all times. Including downloads of data in the most common formats (XLS, PDF & PNG). Create relevant and significant statistics in no time.

You are in good company

Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages

Our Business Solutions: Save Time and Money



per year
Your advantages
  • Full access to all our statistics
  • Download as XLS, PDF & PNG
  • Relevant data: complete source information
All functions of our platform illustrated face-to-face
  • Learn how Statista supports your company
  • Extensive tour across the whole portal
  • Personal guidance by our support team
The knowledge database for your company
  • All functions of the Premium Account
  • Access to dossiers, forecasts and studies
  • Access to our international database
  • Publishing rights and other exclusive functions