HOUSEHOLD DATA
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-18. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration Total White Black or African
American
Asian Hispanic or Latino
4th
2014
4th
2015
4th
2014
4th
2015
4th
2014
4th
2015
4th
2014
4th
2015
4th
2014
4th
2015

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Total unemployed

8,547 7,571 5,668 5,124 1,993 1,703 407 343 1,664 1,616

Less than 5 weeks

2,258 2,204 1,626 1,598 409 381 94 107 509 557

5 to 14 weeks

2,184 2,104 1,452 1,457 489 445 101 87 412 420

15 weeks and over

4,106 3,263 2,590 2,068 1,096 876 212 149 743 638

15 to 26 weeks

1,339 1,222 865 774 328 329 63 47 267 247

27 weeks and over

2,767 2,041 1,725 1,294 768 548 149 101 477 392

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

33.4 28.5 31.4 27.2 38.7 32.9 40.8 32.1 30.2 24.2

Median duration, in weeks

13.6 11.4 12.4 10.3 18.5 15.4 16.1 11.2 12.0 9.7

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

26.4 29.1 28.7 31.2 20.5 22.4 23.0 31.3 30.6 34.5

5 to 14 weeks

25.5 27.8 25.6 28.4 24.5 26.1 24.8 25.4 24.8 26.0

15 weeks and over

48.0 43.1 45.7 40.4 55.0 51.5 52.2 43.4 44.7 39.5

15 to 26 weeks

15.7 16.1 15.3 15.1 16.5 19.3 15.6 13.8 16.0 15.3

27 weeks and over

32.4 27.0 30.4 25.3 38.5 32.2 36.6 29.6 28.6 24.2

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: Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: January 08, 2016