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

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,649 2,611 2,533 2,519 2,435 2,470 2,524 2,448 2,437 2,484 2,317 2,385 2,319

5 to 14 weeks

2,920 2,787 2,718 2,586 2,539 2,376 2,454 2,329 2,304 2,399 2,271 2,247 2,241

15 weeks and over

6,396 6,319 6,029 5,708 5,327 4,791 4,499 4,194 3,981 3,652 3,384 3,334 3,304

15 to 26 weeks

1,785 1,948 1,771 1,721 1,646 1,503 1,452 1,363 1,314 1,278 1,221 1,244 1,149

27 weeks and over

4,611 4,372 4,258 3,986 3,682 3,288 3,046 2,832 2,666 2,374 2,163 2,090 2,156

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

36.3 36.5 37.4 36.1 35.7 34.2 32.3 32.7 31.3 29.7 27.6 27.8 28.7

Median duration, in weeks

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

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

22.1 22.3 22.5 23.3 23.6 25.6 26.6 27.3 27.9 29.1 29.1 29.9 29.5

5 to 14 weeks

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

15 weeks and over

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

15 to 26 weeks

14.9 16.6 15.7 15.9 16.0 15.6 15.3 15.2 15.1 15.0 15.3 15.6 14.6

27 weeks and over

38.5 37.3 37.7 36.9 35.7 34.1 32.1 31.6 30.6 27.8 27.1 26.2 27.4

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 01, 2016