Average Workweek

Average Workweek

The total number of hours employees work in a week divided by the number of employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles and publishes the average workweek for the United States. When the average workweek is decreasing, it indicates employers are cutting costs and may be a leading indicator of a recession. Likewise, an increase in the average workweek may portend a recovery.
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Housing permits and the interest rate spread drove the latest gain in the LEI, while labor market indicators such as average workweek and initial claims remained unchanged.
The average workweek remained unchanged for the fifth month in a row at 34.
The harsh weather cut into the length of the average workweek in February, which hit its lowest level since January 2011.
Other details of the employment report are expected to be fairly encouraging, with an anticipated bounce in average hourly earnings and the length of the average workweek, which both slipped in July.
The average workweek pulled off a nine-month high, with a gauge of the overall work effort falling, but average hourly earnings rose four cents.
Construction employment fell for the first time since May 2012, manufacturing payrolls were flat, and average workweek hours declined from a mine-month high.
3 percent last month, slightly more than analysts had expected, while the length of the average workweek was unchanged.
2 percent from the prior month and the average workweek to be unchanged at 34.
The average workweek for Ore gon manufacturing workers rose to 41.
22 from October to November, seasonally adjusted, as a result of the decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with the unchanged average workweek.
The average weekly hours in manufacturing has always been a more volatile series relative to that of the total private sector The decline in the average workweek in manufacturing during the most recent recession was also quite striking by historical standards.
The average workweek for physicians fell from 55 hours to 51 hours from 1096 to 2008,the Journal of the American Medical Association reported.