HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2012 2013 2014 2015
4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,667 2,649 2,611 2,533 2,519 2,435 2,470 2,524 2,448 2,437 2,484 2,317 2,385

5 to 14 weeks

2,841 2,920 2,787 2,718 2,586 2,539 2,376 2,454 2,329 2,304 2,399 2,271 2,247

15 weeks and over

6,657 6,396 6,319 6,029 5,708 5,327 4,791 4,499 4,194 3,981 3,652 3,384 3,334

15 to 26 weeks

1,809 1,785 1,948 1,771 1,721 1,646 1,503 1,452 1,363 1,314 1,278 1,221 1,244

27 weeks and over

4,848 4,611 4,372 4,258 3,986 3,682 3,288 3,046 2,832 2,666 2,374 2,163 2,090

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

38.7 36.3 36.5 37.4 36.1 35.7 34.2 32.3 32.7 31.3 29.7 27.6 27.8

Median duration, in weeks

18.6 17.0 17.0 16.5 16.7 15.8 14.6 13.3 12.9 12.8 11.5 11.6 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

21.9 22.1 22.3 22.5 23.3 23.6 25.6 26.6 27.3 27.9 29.1 29.1 29.9

5 to 14 weeks

23.4 24.4 23.8 24.1 23.9 24.6 24.7 25.9 26.0 26.4 28.1 28.5 28.2

15 weeks and over

54.7 53.5 53.9 53.5 52.8 51.7 49.7 47.5 46.8 45.6 42.8 42.4 41.9

15 to 26 weeks

14.9 14.9 16.6 15.7 15.9 16.0 15.6 15.3 15.2 15.1 15.0 15.3 15.6

27 weeks and over

39.9 38.5 37.3 37.7 36.9 35.7 34.1 32.1 31.6 30.6 27.8 27.1 26.2

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 08, 2016