HOUSEHOLD DATA
ANNUAL AVERAGES
30. Unemployed total and full-time workers by duration of unemployment
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration of unemployment Total Full-time workers
Unemployed Percent distribution Unemployed Percent distribution
2010 2011 2010 2011 2010 2011 2010 2011

Total unemployed

14,825 13,747 100.0 100.0 12,970 11,914 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

2,771 2,677 18.7 19.5 2,099 2,027 16.2 17.0

5 to 14 weeks

3,267 2,993 22.0 21.8 2,744 2,507 21.2 21.0

5 to 10 weeks

2,082 1,906 14.0 13.9 1,715 1,574 13.2 13.2

11 to 14 weeks

1,186 1,087 8.0 7.9 1,029 932 7.9 7.8

15 weeks and over

8,786 8,077 59.3 58.8 8,128 7,381 62.7 62.0

15 to 26 weeks

2,371 2,061 16.0 15.0 2,133 1,818 16.4 15.3

27 weeks and over

6,415 6,016 43.3 43.8 5,995 5,563 46.2 46.7

27 to 51 weeks

2,117 1,709 14.3 12.4 1,977 1,559 15.2 13.1

52 weeks and over

4,298 4,307 29.0 31.3 4,018 4,004 31.0 33.6

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

33.0 39.3 - - 34.9 41.6 - -

Median duration, in weeks

21.4 21.4 - - 23.9 24.1 - -

Footnotes
(1) Beginning in January 2011, this series reflects a change to the collection of data on unemployment duration. For more information, see www.bls.gov/cps/duration.htm.

NOTE: Full time workers are unemployed persons looking for full-time work (35 hours or more per week) or on layoff from full-time jobs. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 35,000).

Last Modified Date: March 1, 2012