Full-time employees - unadjusted monthly number in the U.S. January 2020

As of January 2020, there were 129.38 million full-time employees in the United States. This is an increase from January 2019, when there were 128.17 million full-time employees.

Recovering after 2008

In 2007, the subprime mortgage bubble in the U.S. popped, which triggered an international banking crisis and caused the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. This threw the U.S. into the Great Recession, and unemployment in the United States went from 4.6 percent in 2007 to 9.3 percent in 2009. With measures such as bank bailouts and regulatory proposals, the economy began to recover and stabilize, and since 2010, the unemployment rate in the U.S. has steadily decreased, and was at 3.9 percent in 2018 - the lowest in almost 30 years.

Is there a labor shortage?

Since the Great Recession, the U.S. is facing a new challenge: filling jobs. There are currently more job openings than there are job seekers, and companies are having trouble filling open positions. Economists predict that companies will have to increase wages, benefits, and incentives in order to find and keep skilled workers.

Monthly number of full-time employees in the United States from January 2019 to January 2020

Number of employees in millions
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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

January 2019 to January 2020

Age group

16 years and older

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