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

Total not in the labor force

91,630 93,762 17,820 18,079 23,414 23,892 50,396 51,791 36,809 37,509 54,822 56,253

Do not want a job now(1)

85,739 87,697 15,966 16,276 20,939 21,337 48,834 50,083 33,967 34,598 51,772 53,099

Want a job(1)

5,891 6,065 1,854 1,803 2,475 2,554 1,562 1,708 2,841 2,911 3,050 3,154

Did not search for work in previous year

3,108 3,320 942 934 1,180 1,302 986 1,083 1,456 1,552 1,653 1,769

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

2,783 2,745 912 868 1,295 1,252 576 625 1,386 1,360 1,397 1,386

Not available to work now

615 690 269 300 243 316 104 75 241 276 374 414

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,168 2,055 643 569 1,052 936 473 550 1,145 1,083 1,024 972

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

698 738 172 171 344 338 182 229 430 485 269 254

Reasons other than discouragement

1,470 1,317 472 397 708 599 290 321 715 599 755 718

Family responsibilities

223 144 39 12 131 90 53 42 72 32 152 112

In school or training

261 204 217 169 38 29 6 5 145 93 116 111

Ill health or disability

196 184 11 11 110 66 74 107 78 82 117 102

Other(5)

790 785 204 205 429 413 157 167 420 391 370 394

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: April 03, 2015