Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization

HOUSEHOLD DATA
Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization
[Percent]
Measure Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
May
2014
Apr.
2015
May
2015
May
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Apr.
2015
May
2015

U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force

3.1 2.4 2.4 3.1 2.7 2.6 2.4 2.3 2.4

U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force

3.0 2.5 2.5 3.2 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.7

U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate)

6.1 5.1 5.3 6.3 5.7 5.5 5.5 5.4 5.5

U-4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers

6.5 5.5 5.6 6.7 6.1 6.0 5.9 5.9 5.8

U-5 Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other persons marginally attached to the labor force, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force

7.3 6.4 6.4 7.5 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.7 6.6

U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force

11.7 10.4 10.4 12.1 11.3 11.0 10.9 10.8 10.8

NOTE: Persons marginally attached to the labor force are those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not currently looking for work. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

Table of Contents

Last Modified Date: June 05, 2015