Monthly change of the average working week of all employees in the United States from January 2016 to January 2017

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This statistic shows the average length of a working week in the United States, for all employees, by month. The data have been seasonally adjusted. Employed persons consist of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls. The average working week for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was at 34.4 hours in January 2017.


U.S. working week

As in most industrialized countries, the standard work week in the United States begins on Monday and ends on Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being weekend days. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average workweek for all employees (including part-time) working in private industries in the United States amounted to about 34.5 hours in 2014. In one month, the U.S. workforce works about 3.9 billion hours in total.
The average work week differs heavily from industry to industry. An employee in the mining and logging industry worked about 44.6 hours a week in February 2015, while employees in education and health services only worked for an average of 32.8 hours per week. An additional burden for many employees is overtime. In manufacturing, every employee worked 3.5 hours of overtime per week in January 2015.
When compared to working hours on an international level, the United States is neither on top nor at the bottom of average hours worked in a year per person. Mexico tops the list with an average of 2,250 annual work hours per person. The country where people work the shortest time is the Netherlands, with 1,379 annual work hours per person. The United States are mid-table with an average of 1,787 work hours per person.

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