Data Challenge: "Full-Time, Year-Round Workers" Can Be Briefly Unemployed?
By Bryan Caplan
The answer to yesterday’s data challenge: full-time, year-round workers can be unemployed, but only very briefly.
You don’t have to actually work full-time to be a full-time worker. “Full-time” workers can be unemployed indefinitely as long as they “usually worked 35 hours or more in a week.”
Year-round employment status, in contrast, requires actually working year-round. As this BLS release explains:
Year-round and part-year employment. Workers are classified as year round if they worked 50 to 52 weeks. Part-year employment refers to workers who worked fewer than 50 weeks.
In short, as soon as a year-round worker experiences more than two weeks of unemployment, he ceases to be a year-round worker.