December 28, 2005
The proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 years old and over that worked at some time during the year was 67.6 percent in 2004, essentially unchanged from 2003.
In 2004, the proportions of men and women who worked at some time during the year, 74.1 and 61.5 percent, respectively, also were about unchanged from the prior year.
About 4 out of 5 of those who were employed at some time during 2004 usually worked full time, about the same ratio as in 2003. Among both men and women, the proportion who worked full time was little changed between 2003 and 2004.
Among those with work experience during 2004, about 3 out of 4 were employed year round (either full or part time). Continuing a long-term growth trend, full-year employment among women edged up from 2003. The percentage of men employed year round also was up over the year.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see Work Experience of the Population in 2004 (PDF) (TXT), USDL news release 05-2353. Data refer to persons 16 years and over. Time worked includes paid vacation and sick leave.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Work experience of men and women in 2004 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/dec/wk4/art02.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
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