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7.8 million workers had an illness-related work absence in January 2022

February 09, 2022

About 7.8 million workers missed work in January 2022 because they had an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment, up from 3.7 million in January 2021. About 4.2 million who usually work full time worked part time because of an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment, up from 1.8 million in January 2021.

Employed people who missed work because they had an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment, January 2012–January 2022
Month Usually work full time but at work part time Not at work during survey reference week

Jan 2012

2,164,000 930,000

Feb 2012

2,314,000 986,000

Mar 2012

2,070,000 917,000

Apr 2012

1,680,000 911,000

May 2012

1,766,000 934,000

Jun 2012

1,441,000 900,000

Jul 2012

1,220,000 863,000

Aug 2012

1,460,000 822,000

Sep 2012

1,614,000 882,000

Oct 2012

1,544,000 899,000

Nov 2012

1,729,000 880,000

Dec 2012

2,063,000 944,000

Jan 2013

2,853,000 1,202,000

Feb 2013

2,130,000 1,079,000

Mar 2013

2,112,000 1,027,000

Apr 2013

1,912,000 913,000

May 2013

1,574,000 947,000

Jun 2013

1,312,000 897,000

Jul 2013

1,166,000 862,000

Aug 2013

1,180,000 838,000

Sep 2013

1,611,000 874,000

Oct 2013

1,263,000 891,000

Nov 2013

1,557,000 888,000

Dec 2013

1,647,000 869,000

Jan 2014

2,365,000 1,006,000

Feb 2014

1,771,000 974,000

Mar 2014

1,916,000 1,034,000

Apr 2014

1,743,000 1,046,000

May 2014

1,587,000 873,000

Jun 2014

1,311,000 882,000

Jul 2014

1,089,000 823,000

Aug 2014

1,409,000 864,000

Sep 2014

1,604,000 931,000

Oct 2014

1,719,000 936,000

Nov 2014

1,636,000 1,026,000

Dec 2014

2,281,000 1,048,000

Jan 2015

2,488,000 989,000

Feb 2015

2,118,000 1,000,000

Mar 2015

2,116,000 1,032,000

Apr 2015

1,846,000 919,000

May 2015

1,514,000 948,000

Jun 2015

1,353,000 860,000

Jul 2015

1,350,000 864,000

Aug 2015

1,344,000 791,000

Sep 2015

974,000 889,000

Oct 2015

1,575,000 795,000

Nov 2015

1,513,000 874,000

Dec 2015

2,114,000 924,000

Jan 2016

1,885,000 1,003,000

Feb 2016

2,098,000 1,033,000

Mar 2016

2,062,000 1,020,000

Apr 2016

1,852,000 1,045,000

May 2016

1,693,000 1,062,000

Jun 2016

1,410,000 972,000

Jul 2016

1,160,000 986,000

Aug 2016

1,402,000 1,005,000

Sep 2016

1,672,000 996,000

Oct 2016

1,601,000 986,000

Nov 2016

1,325,000 1,009,000

Dec 2016

2,209,000 891,000

Jan 2017

2,455,000 1,075,000

Feb 2017

2,639,000 1,078,000

Mar 2017

1,842,000 1,065,000

Apr 2017

1,438,000 1,065,000

May 2017

1,660,000 903,000

Jun 2017

1,442,000 892,000

Jul 2017

1,191,000 908,000

Aug 2017

1,182,000 851,000

Sep 2017

1,637,000 805,000

Oct 2017

1,555,000 859,000

Nov 2017

1,506,000 897,000

Dec 2017

2,123,000 1,020,000

Jan 2018

2,871,000 1,283,000

Feb 2018

2,522,000 1,184,000

Mar 2018

1,948,000 1,098,000

Apr 2018

1,793,000 981,000

May 2018

1,620,000 861,000

Jun 2018

1,523,000 970,000

Jul 2018

1,191,000 801,000

Aug 2018

1,416,000 845,000

Sep 2018

1,670,000 884,000

Oct 2018

1,527,000 892,000

Nov 2018

1,860,000 984,000

Dec 2018

2,144,000 990,000

Jan 2019

2,322,000 1,063,000

Feb 2019

2,436,000 1,113,000

Mar 2019

2,361,000 978,000

Apr 2019

1,705,000 912,000

May 2019

1,735,000 902,000

Jun 2019

1,457,000 962,000

Jul 2019

1,274,000 862,000

Aug 2019

1,352,000 866,000

Sep 2019

1,785,000 893,000

Oct 2019

1,764,000 973,000

Nov 2019

1,866,000 875,000

Dec 2019

2,108,000 1,119,000

Jan 2020

2,370,000 1,071,000

Feb 2020

2,384,000 1,088,000

Mar 2020

2,168,000 1,340,000

Apr 2020

963,000 2,010,000

May 2020

969,000 1,534,000

Jun 2020

964,000 1,228,000

Jul 2020

1,354,000 1,695,000

Aug 2020

1,255,000 1,331,000

Sep 2020

876,000 1,258,000

Oct 2020

1,334,000 1,315,000

Nov 2020

1,591,000 1,778,000

Dec 2020

1,875,000 1,902,000

Jan 2021

1,781,000 1,955,000

Feb 2021

1,593,000 1,414,000

Mar 2021

1,734,000 1,203,000

Apr 2021

2,051,000 1,507,000

May 2021

1,605,000 1,244,000

Jun 2021

1,517,000 1,046,000

Jul 2021

1,442,000 1,290,000

Aug 2021

1,674,000 1,470,000

Sep 2021

1,841,000 1,532,000

Oct 2021

1,569,000 1,378,000

Nov 2021

1,855,000 1,513,000

Dec 2021

2,436,000 1,679,000

Jan 2022

4,230,000 3,616,000

In January 2022, about 3.6 million employed people did not work because they had an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment.

About 4.2 million of the 129.7 million workers who usually worked full time, or 3.3 percent, worked part time because of an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment in January 2022. This is the second-highest percentage since data were first collected in June 1976. The highest percentage was in January 1978, at 3.4 percent.

Percentage of full time workers who worked part time because they had an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment, June 1976–January 2022
Month Percent of full time workers Usually work full time but at work part time Usually work full time, total employed

Jun 1976

1.7% 1,265,000 75,543,000

Jul 1976

1.4 1,077,000 77,231,000

Aug 1976

1.5 1,179,000 77,509,000

Sep 1976

1.8 1,344,000 74,490,000

Oct 1976

2.2 1,618,000 74,526,000

Nov 1976

2.1 1,537,000 74,180,000

Dec 1976

2.4 1,809,000 74,270,000

Jan 1977

2.4 1,773,000 73,284,000

Feb 1977

2.7 1,945,000 73,116,000

Mar 1977

2.5 1,866,000 73,643,000

Apr 1977

2.0 1,485,000 74,581,000

May 1977

2.0 1,535,000 75,498,000

Jun 1977

1.6 1,288,000 78,710,000

Jul 1977

1.4 1,127,000 79,833,000

Aug 1977

1.7 1,382,000 80,221,000

Sep 1977

1.9 1,485,000 77,651,000

Oct 1977

2.1 1,659,000 77,670,000

Nov 1977

2.1 1,660,000 77,507,000

Dec 1977

2.4 1,900,000 77,800,000

Jan 1978

3.4 2,577,000 76,910,000

Feb 1978

2.6 2,011,000 76,668,000

Mar 1978

2.2 1,702,000 77,162,000

Apr 1978

2.1 1,656,000 78,061,000

May 1978

2.2 1,746,000 78,658,000

Jun 1978

1.7 1,381,000 82,626,000

Jul 1978

1.5 1,267,000 83,514,000

Aug 1978

1.6 1,356,000 84,139,000

Sep 1978

1.9 1,548,000 81,160,000

Oct 1978

2.1 1,673,000 81,297,000

Nov 1978

2.2 1,770,000 81,066,000

Dec 1978

2.5 2,022,000 81,057,000

Jan 1979

2.7 2,192,000 80,107,000

Feb 1979

2.5 2,004,000 80,031,000

Mar 1979

2.3 1,878,000 80,526,000

Apr 1979

1.7 1,380,000 80,872,000

May 1979

2.1 1,727,000 81,390,000

Jun 1979

1.7 1,457,000 84,562,000

Jul 1979

1.5 1,270,000 85,812,000

Aug 1979

1.7 1,466,000 85,878,000

Sep 1979

1.8 1,506,000 83,558,000

Oct 1979

2.0 1,683,000 83,441,000

Nov 1979

2.0 1,637,000 82,911,000

Dec 1979

2.3 1,882,000 82,777,000

Jan 1980

2.7 2,217,000 81,407,000

Feb 1980

2.9 2,384,000 81,226,000

Mar 1980

2.4 1,959,000 81,280,000

Apr 1980

2.1 1,669,000 81,390,000

May 1980

1.9 1,564,000 81,480,000

Jun 1980

1.6 1,310,000 83,915,000

Jul 1980

1.3 1,125,000 84,854,000

Aug 1980

1.5 1,291,000 84,999,000

Sep 1980

1.7 1,380,000 83,015,000

Oct 1980

1.9 1,576,000 82,748,000

Nov 1980

2.0 1,630,000 82,250,000

Dec 1980

2.6 2,110,000 82,177,000

Jan 1981

3.2 2,591,000 81,205,000

Feb 1981

2.4 1,913,000 81,036,000

Mar 1981

2.2 1,803,000 81,558,000

Apr 1981

1.6 1,290,000 82,420,000

May 1981

1.9 1,566,000 83,143,000

Jun 1981

1.6 1,354,000 85,032,000

Jul 1981

1.5 1,295,000 86,589,000

Aug 1981

1.5 1,297,000 86,626,000

Sep 1981

1.1 893,000 83,648,000

Oct 1981

2.0 1,652,000 83,295,000

Nov 1981

1.9 1,537,000 82,521,000

Dec 1981

2.3 1,898,000 81,841,000

Jan 1982

2.2 1,740,000 80,255,000

Feb 1982

2.2 1,775,000 80,183,000

Mar 1982

2.3 1,849,000 80,282,000

Apr 1982

2.0 1,607,000 80,478,000

May 1982

1.8 1,444,000 81,440,000

Jun 1982

1.5 1,232,000 83,174,000

Jul 1982

1.4 1,170,000 84,154,000

Aug 1982

1.5 1,288,000 84,281,000

Sep 1982

1.8 1,432,000 81,627,000

Oct 1982

1.7 1,394,000 81,010,000

Nov 1982

1.6 1,294,000 80,226,000

Dec 1982

2.0 1,571,000 79,931,000

Jan 1983

2.4 1,917,000 78,773,000

Feb 1983

2.6 2,057,000 78,540,000

Mar 1983

2.2 1,779,000 79,092,000

Apr 1983

1.9 1,527,000 80,120,000

May 1983

1.9 1,512,000 80,893,000

Jun 1983

1.4 1,168,000 84,218,000

Jul 1983

1.2 995,000 85,385,000

Aug 1983

1.3 1,101,000 85,773,000

Sep 1983

1.5 1,263,000 83,891,000

Oct 1983

1.7 1,463,000 83,748,000

Nov 1983

1.6 1,307,000 83,729,000

Dec 1983

1.8 1,545,000 83,707,000

Jan 1984

2.1 1,716,000 82,867,000

Feb 1984

2.4 1,971,000 83,144,000

Mar 1984

2.3 1,891,000 83,746,000

Apr 1984

1.9 1,571,000 84,547,000

May 1984

1.6 1,395,000 86,169,000

Jun 1984

1.4 1,264,000 89,145,000

Jul 1984

1.1 1,018,000 89,859,000

Aug 1984

1.3 1,140,000 89,928,000

Sep 1984

1.4 1,241,000 87,664,000

Oct 1984

1.6 1,360,000 87,400,000

Nov 1984

1.5 1,299,000 87,172,000

Dec 1984

1.9 1,667,000 86,888,000

Jan 1985

2.3 1,988,000 85,823,000

Feb 1985

2.3 1,982,000 85,683,000

Mar 1985

1.8 1,521,000 86,620,000

Apr 1985

1.6 1,369,000 87,077,000

May 1985

1.4 1,204,000 88,246,000

Jun 1985

1.3 1,159,000 90,359,000

Jul 1985

1.1 997,000 91,135,000

Aug 1985

1.2 1,106,000 91,251,000

Sep 1985

1.4 1,219,000 89,387,000

Oct 1985

1.6 1,406,000 89,201,000

Nov 1985

1.5 1,336,000 88,878,000

Dec 1985

1.6 1,453,000 88,757,000

Jan 1986

2.0 1,741,000 88,015,000

Feb 1986

2.3 1,984,000 87,296,000

Mar 1986

1.8 1,588,000 88,154,000

Apr 1986

1.5 1,314,000 88,554,000

May 1986

1.6 1,411,000 89,783,000

Jun 1986

1.3 1,196,000 92,412,000

Jul 1986

1.0 950,000 93,637,000

Aug 1986

1.3 1,201,000 93,941,000

Sep 1986

1.5 1,353,000 91,579,000

Oct 1986

1.5 1,324,000 90,976,000

Nov 1986

1.7 1,551,000 90,984,000

Dec 1986

1.9 1,770,000 91,016,000

Jan 1987

2.2 1,935,000 89,909,000

Feb 1987

1.8 1,636,000 89,922,000

Mar 1987

1.6 1,451,000 90,270,000

Apr 1987

1.2 1,107,000 90,980,000

May 1987

1.4 1,298,000 92,505,000

Jun 1987

1.1 1,021,000 94,548,000

Jul 1987

1.1 1,029,000 96,256,000

Aug 1987

1.2 1,147,000 96,575,000

Sep 1987

0.8 729,000 93,771,000

Oct 1987

1.5 1,444,000 93,706,000

Nov 1987

1.6 1,479,000 93,469,000

Dec 1987

1.8 1,686,000 93,569,000

Jan 1988

1.9 1,715,000 92,398,000

Feb 1988

2.0 1,850,000 92,353,000

Mar 1988

1.8 1,635,000 92,760,000

Apr 1988

1.5 1,371,000 93,540,000

May 1988

1.4 1,354,000 94,535,000

Jun 1988

1.2 1,140,000 97,537,000

Jul 1988

1.0 999,000 98,233,000

Aug 1988

1.1 1,055,000 98,481,000

Sep 1988

1.3 1,274,000 96,033,000

Oct 1988

1.4 1,390,000 96,007,000

Nov 1988

1.4 1,372,000 95,430,000

Dec 1988

1.6 1,527,000 95,261,000

Jan 1989

1.9 1,823,000 94,560,000

Feb 1989

2.3 2,133,000 94,632,000

Mar 1989

1.5 1,453,000 94,890,000

Apr 1989

1.5 1,436,000 95,439,000

May 1989

1.5 1,470,000 96,684,000

Jun 1989

1.2 1,172,000 99,539,000

Jul 1989

1.1 1,113,000 100,660,000

Aug 1989

1.2 1,179,000 100,940,000

Sep 1989

1.4 1,342,000 97,812,000

Oct 1989

1.3 1,305,000 97,996,000

Nov 1989

1.5 1,457,000 97,708,000

Dec 1989

1.8 1,705,000 97,221,000

Jan 1990

2.2 2,089,000 96,973,000

Feb 1990

1.7 1,621,000 96,600,000

Mar 1990

1.6 1,558,000 96,979,000

Apr 1990

1.3 1,236,000 97,415,000

May 1990

1.3 1,267,000 98,527,000

Jun 1990

1.2 1,236,000 101,487,000

Jul 1990

1.0 1,031,000 101,839,000

Aug 1990

1.1 1,141,000 101,641,000

Sep 1990

1.3 1,322,000 98,744,000

Oct 1990

1.4 1,366,000 98,569,000

Nov 1990

1.4 1,409,000 97,837,000

Dec 1990

1.8 1,737,000 97,376,000

Jan 1991

1.8 1,771,000 95,826,000

Feb 1991

1.9 1,783,000 95,249,000

Mar 1991

1.7 1,651,000 95,443,000

Apr 1991

1.6 1,529,000 96,150,000

May 1991

1.3 1,233,000 96,863,000

Jun 1991

1.1 1,100,000 99,397,000

Jul 1991

1.0 964,000 100,009,000

Aug 1991

1.1 1,134,000 99,749,000

Sep 1991

1.3 1,257,000 97,552,000

Oct 1991

1.5 1,456,000 97,363,000

Nov 1991

1.5 1,448,000 96,511,000

Dec 1991

2.0 1,956,000 96,169,000

Jan 1992

1.8 1,710,000 95,072,000

Feb 1992

1.6 1,542,000 95,275,000

Mar 1992

1.7 1,666,000 95,699,000

Apr 1992

1.1 1,086,000 96,409,000

May 1992

1.5 1,470,000 97,741,000

Jun 1992

1.2 1,173,000 99,746,000

Jul 1992

1.1 1,137,000 100,705,000

Aug 1992

1.2 1,187,000 100,510,000

Sep 1992

0.7 692,000 97,845,000

Oct 1992

1.2 1,203,000 98,011,000

Nov 1992

1.4 1,393,000 97,477,000

Dec 1992

1.8 1,736,000 97,477,000

Jan 1993

1.8 1,698,000 96,270,000

Feb 1993

2.1 2,013,000 96,406,000

Mar 1993

1.8 1,712,000 96,908,000

Apr 1993

1.4 1,380,000 97,391,000

May 1993

1.3 1,294,000 98,803,000

Jun 1993

1.2 1,172,000 101,006,000

Jul 1993

1.0 968,000 101,885,000

Aug 1993

1.2 1,239,000 102,146,000

Sep 1993

1.3 1,284,000 99,599,000

Oct 1993

1.4 1,358,000 99,698,000

Nov 1993

1.3 1,344,000 99,628,000

Dec 1993

2.0 2,003,000 99,633,000

Jan 1994

3.1 3,003,000 96,087,000

Feb 1994

2.4 2,366,000 96,577,000

Mar 1994

2.3 2,195,000 96,794,000

Apr 1994

2.0 1,989,000 98,058,000

May 1994

2.0 2,017,000 99,653,000

Jun 1994

1.7 1,678,000 101,439,000

Jul 1994

1.5 1,548,000 102,522,000

Aug 1994

1.6 1,686,000 103,064,000

Sep 1994

1.9 1,914,000 100,840,000

Oct 1994

2.1 2,074,000 101,051,000

Nov 1994

2.0 2,040,000 100,588,000

Dec 1994

2.6 2,637,000 100,581,000

Jan 1995

2.8 2,746,000 99,056,000

Feb 1995

3.1 3,094,000 99,363,000

Mar 1995

2.6 2,636,000 99,919,000

Apr 1995

1.8 1,858,000 100,473,000

May 1995

2.2 2,253,000 101,252,000

Jun 1995

1.7 1,732,000 103,547,000

Jul 1995

1.6 1,672,000 104,505,000

Aug 1995

1.6 1,652,000 104,311,000

Sep 1995

1.9 1,967,000 101,894,000

Oct 1995

2.0 2,006,000 102,383,000

Nov 1995

2.1 2,130,000 101,886,000

Dec 1995

2.8 2,846,000 101,565,000

Jan 1996

2.3 2,328,000 99,804,000

Feb 1996

2.4 2,380,000 100,548,000

Mar 1996

2.5 2,487,000 101,058,000

Apr 1996

2.4 2,399,000 101,665,000

May 1996

2.0 2,079,000 103,290,000

Jun 1996

1.7 1,748,000 105,325,000

Jul 1996

1.5 1,579,000 106,484,000

Aug 1996

1.7 1,804,000 106,396,000

Sep 1996

1.9 1,974,000 104,490,000

Oct 1996

2.2 2,297,000 105,035,000

Nov 1996

2.2 2,302,000 104,354,000

Dec 1996

2.8 2,865,000 103,999,000

Jan 1997

2.5 2,582,000 102,692,000

Feb 1997

2.7 2,736,000 103,057,000

Mar 1997

2.5 2,585,000 103,980,000

Apr 1997

2.1 2,192,000 104,695,000

May 1997

1.9 2,041,000 106,101,000

Jun 1997

1.6 1,788,000 108,390,000

Jul 1997

1.4 1,545,000 109,551,000

Aug 1997

1.7 1,806,000 109,403,000

Sep 1997

2.1 2,304,000 107,221,000

Oct 1997

1.9 2,027,000 107,146,000

Nov 1997

2.1 2,267,000 107,154,000

Dec 1997

2.4 2,553,000 106,618,000

Jan 1998

2.7 2,790,000 105,276,000

Feb 1998

2.6 2,709,000 105,678,000

Mar 1998

2.3 2,413,000 105,978,000

Apr 1998

1.9 1,989,000 106,899,000

May 1998

2.0 2,118,000 108,116,000

Jun 1998

1.8 1,939,000 109,708,000

Jul 1998

1.4 1,586,000 110,803,000

Aug 1998

1.5 1,640,000 110,900,000

Sep 1998

1.1 1,216,000 108,790,000

Oct 1998

1.8 1,993,000 108,770,000

Nov 1998

2.0 2,148,000 108,731,000

Dec 1998

2.2 2,420,000 108,780,000

Jan 1999

2.5 2,691,000 107,899,000

Feb 1999

2.8 3,031,000 107,932,000

Mar 1999

2.5 2,745,000 108,296,000

Apr 1999

1.9 2,101,000 108,559,000

May 1999

2.0 2,171,000 110,018,000

Jun 1999

1.6 1,782,000 112,315,000

Jul 1999

1.6 1,780,000 112,540,000

Aug 1999

1.6 1,777,000 112,552,000

Sep 1999

1.7 1,839,000 110,521,000

Oct 1999

1.8 2,040,000 110,926,000

Nov 1999

1.9 2,105,000 111,016,000

Dec 1999

2.4 2,698,000 111,054,000

Jan 2000

3.2 3,569,000 111,267,000

Feb 2000

2.4 2,635,000 111,677,000

Mar 2000

2.0 2,210,000 112,023,000

Apr 2000

2.0 2,283,000 113,411,000

May 2000

1.9 2,175,000 113,899,000

Jun 2000

1.6 1,805,000 116,013,000

Jul 2000

1.5 1,691,000 116,272,000

Aug 2000

1.4 1,586,000 116,122,000

Sep 2000

1.8 2,107,000 114,185,000

Oct 2000

1.9 2,167,000 114,127,000

Nov 2000

2.2 2,481,000 113,597,000

Dec 2000

2.5 2,863,000 113,562,000

Jan 2001

2.7 3,033,000 112,370,000

Feb 2001

2.4 2,751,000 112,405,000

Mar 2001

2.1 2,363,000 113,189,000

Apr 2001

1.5 1,739,000 113,348,000

May 2001

1.7 1,972,000 114,058,000

Jun 2001

1.5 1,699,000 115,644,000

Jul 2001

1.3 1,512,000 116,429,000

Aug 2001

1.5 1,683,000 115,166,000

Sep 2001

1.8 2,006,000 113,422,000

Oct 2001

1.8 2,012,000 112,852,000

Nov 2001

1.5 1,701,000 112,272,000

Dec 2001

2.2 2,434,000 111,716,000

Jan 2002

2.4 2,693,000 110,705,000

Feb 2002

2.5 2,769,000 111,164,000

Mar 2002

2.1 2,385,000 111,275,000

Apr 2002

2.0 2,195,000 111,497,000

May 2002

1.7 1,947,000 112,539,000

Jun 2002

1.5 1,705,000 114,008,000

Jul 2002

1.4 1,581,000 114,549,000

Aug 2002

1.5 1,675,000 114,886,000

Sep 2002

1.7 1,975,000 113,733,000

Oct 2002

1.8 2,014,000 113,570,000

Nov 2002

1.8 2,037,000 112,365,000

Dec 2002

1.9 2,080,000 112,108,000

Jan 2003

2.1 2,291,000 111,077,000

Feb 2003

2.3 2,597,000 111,856,000

Mar 2003

2.0 2,286,000 111,936,000

Apr 2003

1.7 1,890,000 112,470,000

May 2003

1.6 1,765,000 112,983,000

Jun 2003

1.4 1,603,000 114,527,000

Jul 2003

1.1 1,324,000 115,288,000

Aug 2003

1.2 1,362,000 114,894,000

Sep 2003

1.6 1,848,000 113,568,000

Oct 2003

1.6 1,833,000 113,828,000

Nov 2003

1.7 1,909,000 113,522,000

Dec 2003

2.5 2,905,000 113,942,000

Jan 2004

2.0 2,271,000 112,171,000

Feb 2004

2.2 2,453,000 112,692,000

Mar 2004

1.9 2,092,000 112,756,000

Apr 2004

1.6 1,794,000 113,386,000

May 2004

1.4 1,620,000 113,946,000

Jun 2004

1.2 1,407,000 115,727,000

Jul 2004

1.3 1,530,000 116,349,000

Aug 2004

1.4 1,623,000 116,656,000

Sep 2004

1.5 1,785,000 115,245,000

Oct 2004

1.5 1,775,000 115,166,000

Nov 2004

1.6 1,872,000 115,000,000

Dec 2004

2.1 2,419,000 115,117,000

Jan 2005

2.4 2,708,000 114,181,000

Feb 2005

2.7 3,116,000 114,022,000

Mar 2005

2.3 2,588,000 114,431,000

Apr 2005

1.9 2,144,000 115,888,000

May 2005

1.7 2,042,000 116,830,000

Jun 2005

1.4 1,664,000 118,761,000

Jul 2005

1.3 1,572,000 119,409,000

Aug 2005

1.3 1,508,000 119,615,000

Sep 2005

1.6 1,909,000 117,781,000

Oct 2005

1.6 1,929,000 118,025,000

Nov 2005

1.5 1,817,000 117,459,000

Dec 2005

2.0 2,306,000 117,791,000

Jan 2006

2.2 2,589,000 116,395,000

Feb 2006

2.5 2,863,000 116,823,000

Mar 2006

2.0 2,387,000 117,693,000

Apr 2006

1.4 1,669,000 118,559,000

May 2006

1.6 1,848,000 118,925,000

Jun 2006

1.3 1,624,000 121,070,000

Jul 2006

1.2 1,452,000 121,951,000

Aug 2006

1.2 1,462,000 121,979,000

Sep 2006

1.5 1,794,000 120,780,000

Oct 2006

1.5 1,843,000 121,199,000

Nov 2006

1.5 1,866,000 120,507,000

Dec 2006

2.1 2,514,000 120,371,000

Jan 2007

2.0 2,403,000 119,094,000

Feb 2007

2.0 2,389,000 119,041,000

Mar 2007

1.9 2,291,000 119,640,000

Apr 2007

1.7 2,028,000 119,609,000

May 2007

1.5 1,760,000 120,846,000

Jun 2007

1.3 1,573,000 122,150,000

Jul 2007

1.1 1,393,000 123,219,000

Aug 2007

1.2 1,492,000 122,870,000

Sep 2007

1.5 1,805,000 121,728,000

Oct 2007

1.5 1,815,000 122,006,000

Nov 2007

1.7 2,106,000 121,846,000

Dec 2007

2.0 2,388,000 121,042,000

Jan 2008

2.1 2,505,000 119,332,000

Feb 2008

2.7 3,257,000 119,452,000

Mar 2008

2.1 2,462,000 119,875,000

Apr 2008

1.8 2,137,000 120,027,000

May 2008

1.5 1,754,000 120,809,000

Jun 2008

1.3 1,555,000 121,845,000

Jul 2008

1.1 1,406,000 122,378,000

Aug 2008

1.3 1,543,000 121,556,000

Sep 2008

1.5 1,797,000 120,213,000

Oct 2008

1.4 1,703,000 120,020,000

Nov 2008

1.6 1,881,000 118,432,000

Dec 2008

1.9 2,254,000 116,422,000

Jan 2009

2.0 2,262,000 113,815,000

Feb 2009

2.3 2,592,000 112,947,000

Mar 2009

2.0 2,213,000 112,215,000

Apr 2009

1.5 1,722,000 112,746,000

May 2009

1.6 1,754,000 113,083,000

Jun 2009

1.4 1,586,000 114,014,000

Jul 2009

1.3 1,436,000 114,184,000

Aug 2009

1.2 1,357,000 113,863,000

Sep 2009

0.9 1,053,000 111,991,000

Oct 2009

1.8 2,009,000 111,599,000

Nov 2009

1.6 1,809,000 111,274,000

Dec 2009

1.9 2,086,000 109,875,000

Jan 2010

2.1 2,306,000 108,777,000

Feb 2010

1.8 1,951,000 109,100,000

Mar 2010

1.8 2,006,000 109,877,000

Apr 2010

1.5 1,688,000 111,391,000

May 2010

1.7 1,945,000 112,809,000

Jun 2010

1.4 1,577,000 113,856,000

Jul 2010

1.1 1,309,000 113,974,000

Aug 2010

1.2 1,331,000 113,508,000

Sep 2010

1.6 1,796,000 112,385,000

Oct 2010

1.5 1,641,000 112,342,000

Nov 2010

1.4 1,592,000 111,348,000

Dec 2010

1.8 2,047,000 111,207,000

Jan 2011

1.6 1,762,000 110,373,000

Feb 2011

2.2 2,485,000 110,731,000

Mar 2011

1.8 2,040,000 111,186,000

Apr 2011

1.5 1,731,000 111,844,000

May 2011

1.6 1,761,000 112,618,000

Jun 2011

1.3 1,421,000 113,255,000

Jul 2011

1.1 1,298,000 113,759,000

Aug 2011

1.1 1,283,000 114,286,000

Sep 2011

1.5 1,664,000 112,980,000

Oct 2011

1.4 1,611,000 113,456,000

Nov 2011

1.4 1,544,000 113,138,000

Dec 2011

2.0 2,212,000 113,050,000

Jan 2012

1.9 2,164,000 111,879,000

Feb 2012

2.1 2,314,000 112,587,000

Mar 2012

1.8 2,070,000 113,916,000

Apr 2012

1.5 1,680,000 113,999,000

May 2012

1.5 1,766,000 114,634,000

Jun 2012

1.2 1,441,000 116,024,000

Jul 2012

1.1 1,220,000 116,131,000

Aug 2012

1.3 1,460,000 116,214,000

Sep 2012

1.4 1,614,000 115,678,000

Oct 2012

1.3 1,544,000 116,045,000

Nov 2012

1.5 1,729,000 115,515,000

Dec 2012

1.8 2,063,000 115,079,000

Jan 2013

2.5 2,853,000 113,868,000

Feb 2013

1.9 2,130,000 114,191,000

Mar 2013

1.8 2,112,000 114,796,000

Apr 2013

1.7 1,912,000 115,674,000

May 2013

1.3 1,574,000 116,643,000

Jun 2013

1.1 1,312,000 117,400,000

Jul 2013

1.0 1,166,000 117,688,000

Aug 2013

1.0 1,180,000 117,868,000

Sep 2013

1.4 1,611,000 117,308,000

Oct 2013

1.1 1,263,000 116,798,000

Nov 2013

1.3 1,557,000 116,875,000

Dec 2013

1.4 1,647,000 116,661,000

Jan 2014

2.0 2,365,000 115,774,000

Feb 2014

1.5 1,771,000 116,323,000

Mar 2014

1.6 1,916,000 116,985,000

Apr 2014

1.5 1,743,000 118,073,000

May 2014

1.3 1,587,000 119,179,000

Jun 2014

1.1 1,311,000 119,472,000

Jul 2014

0.9 1,089,000 119,900,000

Aug 2014

1.2 1,409,000 120,110,000

Sep 2014

1.3 1,604,000 119,791,000

Oct 2014

1.4 1,719,000 120,176,000

Nov 2014

1.4 1,636,000 119,441,000

Dec 2014

1.9 2,281,000 119,394,000

Jan 2015

2.1 2,488,000 118,840,000

Feb 2015

1.8 2,118,000 119,313,000

Mar 2015

1.8 2,116,000 119,981,000

Apr 2015

1.5 1,846,000 120,402,000

May 2015

1.2 1,514,000 121,863,000

Jun 2015

1.1 1,353,000 122,268,000

Jul 2015

1.1 1,350,000 123,142,000

Aug 2015

1.1 1,344,000 123,420,000

Sep 2015

0.8 974,000 122,303,000

Oct 2015

1.3 1,575,000 122,466,000

Nov 2015

1.2 1,513,000 121,897,000

Dec 2015

1.7 2,114,000 122,013,000

Jan 2016

1.6 1,885,000 121,411,000

Feb 2016

1.7 2,098,000 121,757,000

Mar 2016

1.7 2,062,000 122,522,000

Apr 2016

1.5 1,852,000 122,742,000

May 2016

1.4 1,693,000 123,548,000

Jun 2016

1.1 1,410,000 124,903,000

Jul 2016

0.9 1,160,000 125,507,000

Aug 2016

1.1 1,402,000 125,892,000

Sep 2016

1.3 1,672,000 124,728,000

Oct 2016

1.3 1,601,000 124,588,000

Nov 2016

1.1 1,325,000 123,960,000

Dec 2016

1.8 2,209,000 123,570,000

Jan 2017

2.0 2,455,000 123,015,000

Feb 2017

2.1 2,639,000 123,610,000

Mar 2017

1.5 1,842,000 124,566,000

Apr 2017

1.1 1,438,000 125,532,000

May 2017

1.3 1,660,000 125,911,000

Jun 2017

1.1 1,442,000 127,337,000

Jul 2017

0.9 1,191,000 127,542,000

Aug 2017

0.9 1,182,000 127,353,000

Sep 2017

1.3 1,637,000 127,235,000

Oct 2017

1.2 1,555,000 127,055,000

Nov 2017

1.2 1,506,000 126,468,000

Dec 2017

1.7 2,123,000 125,985,000

Jan 2018

2.3 2,871,000 125,435,000

Feb 2018

2.0 2,522,000 126,401,000

Mar 2018

1.5 1,948,000 126,424,000

Apr 2018

1.4 1,793,000 127,340,000

May 2018

1.3 1,620,000 129,014,000

Jun 2018

1.2 1,523,000 129,937,000

Jul 2018

0.9 1,191,000 130,644,000

Aug 2018

1.1 1,416,000 129,975,000

Sep 2018

1.3 1,670,000 129,466,000

Oct 2018

1.2 1,527,000 129,627,000

Nov 2018

1.4 1,860,000 129,464,000

Dec 2018

1.7 2,144,000 129,143,000

Jan 2019

1.8 2,322,000 128,166,000

Feb 2019

1.9 2,436,000 128,836,000

Mar 2019

1.8 2,361,000 128,819,000

Apr 2019

1.3 1,705,000 129,212,000

May 2019

1.3 1,735,000 130,059,000

Jun 2019

1.1 1,457,000 131,542,000

Jul 2019

1.0 1,274,000 132,153,000

Aug 2019

1.0 1,352,000 132,156,000

Sep 2019

1.4 1,785,000 131,704,000

Oct 2019

1.3 1,764,000 131,990,000

Nov 2019

1.4 1,866,000 131,385,000

Dec 2019

1.6 2,108,000 131,142,000

Jan 2020

1.8 2,370,000 129,379,000

Feb 2020

1.8 2,384,000 129,734,000

Mar 2020

1.7 2,168,000 127,981,000

Apr 2020

0.8 963,000 113,656,000

May 2020

0.8 969,000 116,620,000

Jun 2020

0.8 964,000 120,169,000

Jul 2020

1.1 1,354,000 121,198,000

Aug 2020

1.0 1,255,000 123,619,000

Sep 2020

0.7 876,000 122,998,000

Oct 2020

1.1 1,334,000 124,165,000

Nov 2020

1.3 1,591,000 124,325,000

Dec 2020

1.5 1,875,000 124,415,000

Jan 2021

1.4 1,781,000 123,717,000

Feb 2021

1.3 1,593,000 123,981,000

Mar 2021

1.4 1,734,000 124,840,000

Apr 2021

1.6 2,051,000 125,635,000

May 2021

1.3 1,605,000 126,579,000

Jun 2021

1.2 1,517,000 127,156,000

Jul 2021

1.1 1,442,000 128,863,000

Aug 2021

1.3 1,674,000 128,664,000

Sep 2021

1.4 1,841,000 128,484,000

Oct 2021

1.2 1,569,000 128,848,000

Nov 2021

1.4 1,855,000 129,322,000

Dec 2021

1.9 2,436,000 129,824,000

Jan 2022

3.3 4,230,000 129,747,000

In January 2021, 1.4 percent of full-time workers worked part time because of an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment, and 1.8 percent of full-time workers worked part time for the same reasons in January 2020.

The number of workers who are absent because they have an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment regularly spikes from December through March, coinciding with the peak in cold and flu seasons. Not all absent workers who reported they missed work because of an illness, injury, or medical problem or appointment were sick with a cold or the flu. The increase in absences during January 2022 partly reflects the increase in COVID-19 cases, along with seasonal illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the severity of the flu seasons.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — January 2022." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data. Workers are counted as full time if they usually work 35 hours or more in a week and part time if they worked fewer than 35 hours during the survey reference week. These numbers do not include people who usually work part time but missed some work—although not the entire week—for an illness-related reason. They also exclude people who took time off but still worked at least 35 hours during the survey reference week.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 7.8 million workers had an illness-related work absence in January 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/7-8-million-workers-had-an-illness-related-work-absence-in-january-2022.htm (visited December 08, 2022).