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

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,557 2,801 2,688 2,623 2,590 2,646 2,685 2,648 2,642 2,620 2,549 2,496 2,423

5 to 14 weeks

3,034 2,953 2,953 3,008 2,838 2,887 2,898 2,834 2,903 2,778 2,750 2,576 2,526

15 weeks and over

8,276 8,101 8,216 7,692 7,352 7,098 6,841 6,664 6,471 6,278 5,977 5,713 5,406

15 to 26 weeks

2,163 2,012 2,079 1,978 1,962 1,822 1,826 1,811 1,794 1,932 1,764 1,723 1,661

27 weeks and over

6,113 6,089 6,136 5,714 5,389 5,276 5,015 4,853 4,677 4,346 4,213 3,990 3,745

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

38.0 39.3 40.3 40.0 39.9 39.6 39.1 39.2 36.4 36.4 36.8 36.7 36.0

Median duration, in weeks

21.5 21.5 22.0 20.8 20.1 19.6 18.0 18.8 17.2 16.8 16.2 16.9 16.2

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

18.4 20.2 19.4 19.7 20.3 20.9 21.6 21.8 22.0 22.4 22.6 23.1 23.4

5 to 14 weeks

21.9 21.3 21.3 22.6 22.2 22.9 23.3 23.3 24.2 23.8 24.4 23.9 24.4

15 weeks and over

59.7 58.5 59.3 57.7 57.5 56.2 55.1 54.9 53.9 53.8 53.0 53.0 52.2

15 to 26 weeks

15.6 14.5 15.0 14.8 15.4 14.4 14.7 14.9 14.9 16.5 15.6 16.0 16.0

27 weeks and over

44.1 44.0 44.3 42.9 42.2 41.8 40.4 40.0 38.9 37.2 37.4 37.0 36.2

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: April 04, 2014