HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2011 2012 2013 2014
4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,633 2,595 2,643 2,668 2,664 2,649 2,615 2,531 2,514 2,438 2,476 2,521 2,445

5 to 14 weeks

3,012 2,841 2,903 2,878 2,842 2,906 2,796 2,724 2,588 2,523 2,388 2,458 2,331

15 weeks and over

7,693 7,317 7,114 6,867 6,667 6,422 6,299 6,008 5,718 5,360 4,772 4,476 4,202

15 to 26 weeks

1,977 1,967 1,821 1,830 1,810 1,786 1,938 1,773 1,724 1,655 1,492 1,449 1,365

27 weeks and over

5,716 5,350 5,292 5,037 4,857 4,636 4,361 4,235 3,994 3,705 3,280 3,027 2,837

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

39.8 39.8 39.6 39.4 38.9 36.4 36.4 37.2 36.4 35.8 34.1 32.0 32.9

Median duration, in weeks

20.6 20.0 19.7 18.2 18.6 17.1 16.9 16.5 16.7 16.0 14.4 13.4 12.9

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

19.7 20.3 20.9 21.5 21.9 22.1 22.3 22.5 23.2 23.6 25.7 26.7 27.2

5 to 14 weeks

22.6 22.3 22.9 23.2 23.3 24.3 23.9 24.2 23.9 24.4 24.8 26.0 26.0

15 weeks and over

57.7 57.4 56.2 55.3 54.8 53.6 53.8 53.3 52.8 51.9 49.5 47.3 46.8

15 to 26 weeks

14.8 15.4 14.4 14.7 14.9 14.9 16.5 15.7 15.9 16.0 15.5 15.3 15.2

27 weeks and over

42.9 42.0 41.8 40.6 39.9 38.7 37.2 37.6 36.9 35.9 34.0 32.0 31.6

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: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: January 09, 2015