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

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,611 2,533 2,519 2,435 2,470 2,524 2,448 2,437 2,484 2,317 2,385 2,319 2,390

5 to 14 weeks

2,787 2,718 2,586 2,539 2,376 2,454 2,329 2,304 2,399 2,271 2,247 2,241 2,170

15 weeks and over

6,319 6,029 5,708 5,327 4,791 4,499 4,194 3,981 3,652 3,384 3,334 3,304 3,178

15 to 26 weeks

1,948 1,771 1,721 1,646 1,503 1,452 1,363 1,314 1,278 1,221 1,244 1,149 1,202

27 weeks and over

4,372 4,258 3,986 3,682 3,288 3,046 2,832 2,666 2,374 2,163 2,090 2,156 1,976

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

36.5 37.4 36.1 35.7 34.2 32.3 32.7 31.3 29.7 27.6 27.8 28.7 27.4

Median duration, in weeks

17.0 16.5 16.7 15.8 14.6 13.3 12.9 12.8 11.5 11.6 10.8 11.2 10.8

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

22.3 22.5 23.3 23.6 25.6 26.6 27.3 27.9 29.1 29.1 29.9 29.5 30.9

5 to 14 weeks

23.8 24.1 23.9 24.6 24.7 25.9 26.0 26.4 28.1 28.5 28.2 28.5 28.0

15 weeks and over

53.9 53.5 52.8 51.7 49.7 47.5 46.8 45.6 42.8 42.4 41.9 42.0 41.1

15 to 26 weeks

16.6 15.7 15.9 16.0 15.6 15.3 15.2 15.1 15.0 15.3 15.6 14.6 15.5

27 weeks and over

37.3 37.7 36.9 35.7 34.1 32.1 31.6 30.6 27.8 27.1 26.2 27.4 25.5

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: July 08, 2016