About This Statistic
This statistic shows the unadjusted number of full-time employees in the United States. In line with the definition of the BLS, full-time workers are persons who usually work 35 hours or more per week. In February 2017, about 123.61 million people were employed on a full-time basis.
Jobs in the United States
The U.S. economy has been recovering during the last few years since the economic crisis struck in 2009 and seems to be getting back on its feet again.
However the American employment outlook presents a more up-and-down development.
On the one side, the U.S. national unemployment rate has been declining steadily over the past years and is now below 6 percent again (as of March 2015), which is close to the level before the crisis. On the other side, the labor force participation rate (the percentage of the population aged 16 and older that are currently employed or actively looking for a job, are not in the military and not institutionalized) has been on a sharp decline since 2008 from 66% percent to about 62.7 percent in 2015.
Apart from that problem, the employers in the U.S. have been generating a large number of jobs in the past year. On a monthly basis, an average number of 292 thousand new jobs have been created each month (as of June 2016). New jobs are created, and fortunately more people are getting hired than fired. In February 2016, a total number of 5.16 million people were 'separated' from their jobs (that includes voluntary quits, involuntary layoffs and discharges, and other separations, including retirements). About 5.51 million people found a new job during that month, so that is a positive development of 350,000 people that won't be in need governmental support.