Average annual work hours of total employable population age 18–64, and employable people in poverty and not in poverty, by demographic group, 1979–2013

Average annual hours Percent change
1979 1989 1995 2000 2007 2013 1979–1989 1989–1995 1995–2000 2000–2007 2007–2013
Total employable population, age 18–64 1,497 1,630 1,687 1,752 1,737 1,666 8.9% 3.5% 3.9% -0.8% -4.1%
Employable people in poverty, age 18–64 738 760 779 872 827 737 2.9% 2.6% 11.9% -5.2% -10.8%
Employable people not in poverty, age 18–64 1,558 1,714 1,782 1,823 1,818 1,774 10.0% 3.9% 2.3% -0.3% -2.4%
Age          Demographic breakdown of employable poor    
18–24 611 638 673 739 709 641 4.5% 5.4% 9.9% -4.1% -9.6%
25–34 750 767 780 855 827 760 2.3% 1.6% 9.6% -3.3% -8.1%
35–44 920 899 901 1,009 943 822 -2.3% 0.3% 12.0% -6.5% -12.9%
45–54 881 771 799 952 877 766 -12.5% 3.6% 19.2% -7.8% -12.7%
55–64 605 733 725 856 778 659 21.1% -1.0% 18.1% -9.2% -15.3%
Education level
Less than high school 632 627 705 785 820 743 -0.9% 12.5% 11.3% 4.5% -9.4%
High school graduate 814 830 808 917 837 715 2.0% -2.7% 13.6% -8.8% -14.6%
Some college 827 886 872 947 840 788 7.1% -1.6% 8.6% -11.3% -6.2%
College graduate 982 1,023 793 846 763 667 4.2% -22.5% 6.7% -9.8% -12.6%
Advanced degree 1,053 905 793 942 837 711 -14.0% -12.3% 18.7% -11.2% -15.1%
Race
White 812 867 846 910 805 727 6.7% -2.4% 7.6% -11.6% -9.7%
Black 600 595 698 827 819 687 -0.9% 17.3% 18.6% -1.0% -16.1%
Hispanic 691 727 763 849 893 822 5.2% 5.0% 11.2% 5.2% -8.0%
Other 586 528 589 823 703 594 -9.9% 11.5% 39.9% -14.6% -15.5%

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement

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