Extent of unemployment in 2002
January 06, 2004
The median number of weeks spent looking for work for those who experienced unemployment in 2002 was 15.5, up from 13.7 weeks the year before.
Some 2.7 million individuals who had looked for a job did not work at all in 2002, up from 2.0 million a year earlier. Of the 14.1 million persons who worked during the year and also experienced unemployment, 22.8 percent had two or more spells of joblessness, down from 24.7 percent in 2001.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Extent of unemployment in 2002 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/jan/wk1/art02.htm (visited November 29, 2015).
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