Facts About The Labor Force

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The total civilian
labor force is slightly over 162 million people, according to the July 2018
Employment Bulletin from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 156.0 million of the labor force is currently
employed, while 6.3 million are unemployed. 129.0 million of those employed are
full-time workers. Hopefully, you are one of them.

Do you think you are an average Joe or Jane when it comes to your participation in this labor force? To find out, test how you rank against worker data available from Gallup and the BLS:

Earnings – The most recent median weekly earnings for
full-time employees (second quarter of 2018) was $933, or $48,528 over the full
52-week year. Medians are used for this data, meaning that half of the workers
earn above this mark and half earn below this mark. Extremely high earners
would skew the data upward if averages were u… […]August 29, 2018

The total civilian
labor force is slightly over 162 million people, according to the July 2018
Employment Bulletin from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 156.0 million of the labor force is currently
employed, while 6.3 million are unemployed. 129.0 million of those employed are
full-time workers. Hopefully, you are one of them.

Do you think you are an average Joe or Jane when it comes to your participation in this labor force? To find out, test how you rank against worker data available from Gallup and the BLS:

Earnings – The most recent median weekly earnings for
full-time employees (second quarter of 2018) was $933, or $48,528 over the full
52-week year. Medians are used for this data, meaning that half of the workers
earn above this mark and half earn below this mark. Extremely high earners
would skew the data upward if averages were used.

The gender gap is still significant, with men earning $962 per week and
women earning $779 per week, or 81 cents on the dollar.

Education matters for earnings. For full-time workers over age 25, the
median wage with respect to education was: $554 for those who did
not finish high school, $726 for high school graduates without college, and
$1,310 for those who completed at least a bachelor’s degree in college.

Working Hours – The most recent BLS household data shows that average workweek for all employees on private
nonfarm payrolls was 34.5 hours per week. However, for Americans working in the manufacturing industry,
the workweek consisted of 40.9 hours, and 3.5 hours overtime.

Tenure of Employment – For the last year that data was available (2016), the median tenure
(continuous employment with the same company) of all workers was 4.2 years,
down from 4.6 years in 2014. Not surprisingly, tenure also increases with age – median values for
workers aged 55 to 64 were 10.1 years, while those aged 25 to 34 had a median
tenure of just 2.8 years.

Age – The tenure figure above appears to correspond with the increase in the
median age of the workforce. In 2000, the median age of a worker was 39.4
years; in 2014, that number rose to 41.9. By 2024, the median age of U.S. workers is
expected to be 42.4 years old.

Retirement Age – According to Gallup, the average expected retirement age is 66 for those who are still working, but the average actual retirement age among current retirees is 61. Both numbers have been slowly rising, but there is a consistent 4-to-7-year gap between these ages. Let the free Retirement Planner by MoneyTips help you calculate when you can retire without jeopardizing your lifestyle.

Average Number of Jobs – There is not much comprehensive data available, but BLS reported on the number of jobs that baby boomers born from 1957-1964 held between ages 18-50. The number is surprisingly high – 12.1 jobs for men and 11.6 jobs for women on average. Does this correlate to the fact that for a decade or so — starting in the late 1960s — this was the generation that “tuned in, turned on and dropped out?” Or is that simply an urban legend? Whatever the reason, this generation has certainly been one of the most peripatetic in history.

Did you turn out to be average? Other interesting tidbits are available on the Gallup website or BLS websites, if you want to see how you stack up in other areas.

Whether or not you are an average worker, we are just glad that you are an active part of the labor force – because a strong labor force keeps America strong.

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The total civilian
labor force is slightly over 162 million people, according to the July 2018
Employment Bulletin from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 156.0 million of the labor force is currently
employed, while 6.3 million are unemployed. 129.0 million of those employed are
full-time workers. Hopefully, you are one of them.

Do you think you are an average Joe or Jane when it comes to your participation in this labor force? To find out, test how you rank against worker data available from Gallup and the BLS:

Earnings – The most recent median weekly earnings for
full-time employees (second quarter of 2018) was $933, or $48,528 over the full
52-week year. Medians are used for this data, meaning that half of the workers
earn above this mark and half earn below this mark. Extremely high earners
would skew the data upward if averages were u… […]