Duration of unemployment in February 2011

March 08, 2011

In February, 43.9 percent of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. This group made up 43.8 percent of unemployed persons in January. In February 2010, 41.0 percent of the unemployed had been jobless for 27 weeks or longer.

Duration of unemployment, percent distribution, January 2007–February 2011
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The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 6.0 million in February 2011.

The total number of unemployed persons (13.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.9 percent) changed little in February.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.7 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (23.9 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (15.3 percent), and Hispanics (11.6 percent) showed little or no change in February.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — February 2011," (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0271.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Duration of unemployment in February 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110308.htm (visited November 24, 2014).

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