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Data on full time and part time workers

03/13/21

Participation of full and part-time workers, NCS, March 2019

Private industry only*.

Percent by full and part-time status Access Participation Take-up Rate
     
Full-time workers 77% 61% 80%
In defined benefit plans 19% 15% 77%
In 401(k)-type plans 73% 57% 54%
       
Part-time workers 39% 22% 57%
In defined benefit plans 8% 5% 65%
In 401(k)-type plans 35% 19% 54%

 

All workers (private industry and local government workers)**

Percent by full and part-time status Access Participation Take-up Rate
     
Full-time workers 80% 66% 82%
In defined benefit plans 31% 25% 83%
In 401(k)-type plans 68% 51% 75%
       
Part-time workers 40% 24% 60%
In defined benefit plans 11% 8% 72%
In 401(k)-type plans 33% 18% 54%

 

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2019,” Private industry workers, Table 2.

**BLS, NCS, Civilian workforce tables, Table 2.

Note: Part-time workers by definition work less than 35 hours per week.  In 2019 there were 24 million workers in nonagricultural industries who reported they usually work part-time. The total number of part-time workers in nonagricultural industries reported for 2019 was 33 million.

Current Population Survey Tables (CPS), Annual averages, Characteristics of the employed, Table 20. 

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