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
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2015
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2015
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2015
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2015
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2015
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2015

Total not in the labor force

92,058 93,686 18,376 17,954 23,535 23,863 50,147 51,869 37,352 37,607 54,707 56,079

Do not want a job now(1)

85,968 87,111 16,394 16,125 20,900 20,958 48,673 50,028 34,368 34,553 51,600 52,558

Want a job(1)

6,091 6,575 1,981 1,829 2,635 2,905 1,474 1,841 2,984 3,054 3,107 3,521

Did not search for work in previous year

3,216 3,740 991 1,053 1,267 1,438 958 1,249 1,445 1,695 1,771 2,044

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

2,875 2,835 991 776 1,368 1,467 516 592 1,539 1,359 1,336 1,477

Not available to work now

572 676 269 246 240 346 62 84 244 251 328 425

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,303 2,159 721 531 1,128 1,120 454 508 1,295 1,108 1,008 1,052

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

755 732 213 174 380 361 163 197 466 430 289 302

Reasons other than discouragement

1,548 1,428 508 356 749 760 291 311 829 678 719 750

Family responsibilities

251 222 28 26 178 153 46 44 77 39 174 183

In school or training

275 237 231 157 44 69 0 10 184 126 92 111

Ill health or disability

173 171 19 11 89 88 66 71 82 84 92 87

Other(5)

848 798 230 162 438 450 180 186 486 429 362 369

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: March 06, 2015