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Average working week in the U.S. - monthly average of all employees August 2020

In August 2020, the average working week for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls in the United States was at 34.6 hours. The data have been seasonally adjusted. Employed persons consist of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls.

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 34.4 hours in 2019. 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 39.7 hours a week in August 2020, while employees in education and health services only worked for an average of 33.3 hours per week.

Monthly change of the average working week of all employees in the United States from August 2019 to August 2020

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period

August 2019 to August 2020

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

full-time and part-time employees

Supplementary notes

* Preliminary data.
Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method for removing the seasonal component of a time series used when analyzing non-seasonal trends.

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