In Northeast, 43.5 percent of unemployed were jobless for 27+ weeks in 2012

September 05, 2013

In 2012, the Northeast census region had the highest percentage of unemployed persons who were jobless for 27 weeks and over (43.5 percent). The Midwest region had the lowest percentage of persons unemployed for 27 weeks and over (38.6 percent) and the highest percentage unemployed for less than 5 weeks (22.5 percent).

Percentage of unemployed by duration of unemployment and census region, 2012 annual averages
Duration of unemploymentCensus region

Less than 5 weeks


5 to 14 weeks


15 to 26 weeks


27 weeks and over


Among race or ethnicity groups in 2012, unemployed Asians in the West census region had the longest average duration of unemployment (48.5 weeks), while Asians in the Midwest region had the shortest average duration of unemployment (32.1 weeks). Among unemployed persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, those in the Midwest region experienced the shortest average duration of unemployment (33.1 weeks); those in the Northeast region experienced the longest average duration of unemployment (39.6 weeks).

Average number of weeks unemployed by census region, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2012 annual averages
Race or ethnicityCensus region



Black or African American




Hispanic or Latino ethnicity


In 2012, unemployed Whites in the Midwest and South census regions experienced around the same average duration of unemployment (36.3 and 36.7 weeks, respectively). Among race or ethnicity groups in the Northeast and Midwest census regions, unemployed Blacks or African Americans had the longest duration of unemployment at 46.8 and 42.6 weeks, respectively.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. For more information refer to Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 2012 (PDF), BLS Bulletin 2775.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, In Northeast, 43.5 percent of unemployed were jobless for 27+ weeks in 2012 on the Internet at (visited September 27, 2016).


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