HOUSEHOLD DATA
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
A-38. Persons not in the labor force by desire and availability for work, age, and sex
[In thousands]
Category Total Age Sex
Nov.
2013
Nov.
2014
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Nov.
2013
Nov.
2014
Nov.
2013
Nov.
2014
Nov.
2013
Nov.
2014
Nov.
2013
Nov.
2014
Nov.
2013
Nov.
2014

Total not in the labor force

91,521 92,547 17,973 17,594 23,541 23,734 50,006 51,219 36,614 37,373 54,907 55,175

Do not want a job now(1)

86,084 86,320 16,240 15,788 21,219 20,977 48,625 49,555 34,052 34,348 52,033 51,973

Want a job(1)

5,437 6,227 1,734 1,806 2,322 2,757 1,381 1,664 2,562 3,025 2,874 3,202

Did not search for work in previous year

2,905 3,467 870 909 1,125 1,380 909 1,178 1,325 1,593 1,580 1,874

Searched for work in previous year(2),
but not in past 4 weeks

2,532 2,760 864 897 1,196 1,377 472 486 1,237 1,432 1,295 1,328

Not available to work now

436 651 182 227 204 337 50 87 157 279 278 372

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,096 2,109 681 671 993 1,040 422 399 1,080 1,153 1,016 956

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

762 698 208 190 365 334 189 174 471 433 290 265

Reasons other than discouragement

1,334 1,412 474 481 628 706 233 225 609 721 726 691

Family responsibilities

238 206 30 19 166 163 42 24 51 60 187 147

In school or training

260 269 219 228 36 37 5 5 150 152 110 117

Ill health or disability

118 200 22 23 43 118 53 60 53 114 65 87

Other(5)

718 735 203 211 383 388 133 136 355 394 363 341

Footnotes
(1) Includes some persons who are not asked if they want a job.
(2) Persons who had a job in the prior 12 months must have searched since the end of that job.
(3) Persons "marginally attached to the labor force" are those who want a job, have searched for work during the prior 12 months, and were available to take a job during the reference week, but had not looked for work in the past 4 weeks.
(4) Discouraged workers are persons marginally attached to the labor force who did not actively look for work in the prior 4 weeks for reasons such as thinks no work available, could not find work, lacks schooling or training, employer thinks too young or old, and other types of discrimination.
(5) Includes those who did not actively look for work in the prior 4 weeks for such reasons as child-care and transportation problems, as well as a small number for which reason for nonparticipation was not ascertained.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: December 05, 2014