Weekly Hours Worked Data, Averages for Metro Areas
Employed Americans worked an average of 34.5 hours per week this summer, according to Labor Department data.
The length of the average workweek declined a bit during the Great Recession, then later rebounded and hasn't since fluctuated much in recent years.
Federal data, which estimates average hours worked for those employed full or part time, shows variations across both industries and different regions of the country. Metro areas with larger numbers of workers employed in manufacturing, utilities or other sectors with longer workweeks have higher overall averages. By comparison, education, health, leisure and hospitality employees generally work fewer hours per week. It's for this reason that college towns tend to have shorter average workweeks.
Salaried employees also typically work longer hours. In some cases, poor weather may shorten the average workweek as well.
Select a local area below to display estimates for average weekly hours worked. Figures are for private sector workers employed full or part time and do not reflect unemployed individuals.