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Employment and unemployment experience of the U.S. population in 2011

January 2, 2013

Employment and unemployment experience of the U.S. population in 2011

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

A total of 153.5 million persons worked at some point during 2011. The proportion of workers who worked full time, year round in 2011 was 65.8 percent, up from 64.7 percent in 2010. Among those who worked in 2011, men were more likely than women to work full time, year round.

Of those employed at some time during 2011, 78.6 percent usually worked full time, up from 78.2 percent a year earlier. The proportion of employed men working full time rose, while the proportion of women changed little. Men continued to be more likely than women to work full time during the year, 84.8 versus 71.7 percent.

Of the total who worked during 2011, 77.0 percent were employed year round (working 50 to 52 weeks, either full or part time), an increase from 75.9 percent in 2010. The share of men employed year round rose by 1.7 percentage points to 78.4 percent in 2011, while the percentage of women working year round was little changed at 75.5 percent.

The "work-experience unemployment rate"—defined as the number of persons unemployed at some time during the year as a proportion of the number of persons who worked or looked for work during the year—was 14.9 percent in 2011, down from 15.9 percent in 2010.

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