HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2013 2014 2015 2016
3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,533 2,519 2,435 2,470 2,524 2,448 2,437 2,484 2,317 2,385 2,319 2,390 2,341

5 to 14 weeks

2,718 2,586 2,539 2,376 2,454 2,329 2,304 2,399 2,271 2,247 2,241 2,170 2,276

15 weeks and over

6,029 5,708 5,327 4,791 4,499 4,194 3,981 3,652 3,384 3,334 3,304 3,178 3,121

15 to 26 weeks

1,771 1,721 1,646 1,503 1,452 1,363 1,314 1,278 1,221 1,244 1,149 1,202 1,121

27 weeks and over

4,258 3,986 3,682 3,288 3,046 2,832 2,666 2,374 2,163 2,090 2,156 1,976 2,000

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

37.4 36.1 35.7 34.2 32.3 32.7 31.3 29.7 27.6 27.8 28.7 27.4 27.7

Median duration, in weeks

16.5 16.7 15.8 14.6 13.3 12.9 12.8 11.5 11.6 10.8 11.2 10.8 11.0

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

22.5 23.3 23.6 25.6 26.6 27.3 27.9 29.1 29.1 29.9 29.5 30.9 30.3

5 to 14 weeks

24.1 23.9 24.6 24.7 25.9 26.0 26.4 28.1 28.5 28.2 28.5 28.0 29.4

15 weeks and over

53.5 52.8 51.7 49.7 47.5 46.8 45.6 42.8 42.4 41.9 42.0 41.1 40.3

15 to 26 weeks

15.7 15.9 16.0 15.6 15.3 15.2 15.1 15.0 15.3 15.6 14.6 15.5 14.5

27 weeks and over

37.7 36.9 35.7 34.1 32.1 31.6 30.6 27.8 27.1 26.2 27.4 25.5 25.8

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: October 07, 2016