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
July
2013
July
2014
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
July
2013
July
2014
July
2013
July
2014
July
2013
July
2014
July
2013
July
2014
July
2013
July
2014

Total not in the labor force

88,560 90,451 15,355 15,298 23,628 24,073 49,577 51,081 34,630 35,503 53,930 54,947

Do not want a job now(1)

81,698 83,827 13,134 13,213 20,803 21,221 47,761 49,393 31,517 32,653 50,181 51,175

Want a job(1)

6,862 6,624 2,222 2,084 2,825 2,852 1,815 1,687 3,113 2,851 3,749 3,773

Did not search for work in previous year

3,804 3,752 1,227 1,156 1,394 1,509 1,183 1,088 1,636 1,522 2,168 2,231

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

3,058 2,871 995 929 1,431 1,343 632 600 1,477 1,329 1,581 1,542

Not available to work now

644 693 226 238 325 358 93 97 217 260 426 434

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,414 2,178 769 691 1,106 984 539 503 1,260 1,069 1,154 1,108

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

988 741 284 208 482 287 222 245 572 444 416 297

Reasons other than discouragement

1,426 1,437 485 482 623 697 318 257 688 626 738 811

Family responsibilities

210 244 51 36 102 151 57 57 61 57 149 187

In school or training

194 201 152 116 40 84 3 0 99 116 95 85

Ill health or disability

122 154 18 19 57 74 47 61 74 59 48 95

Other(5)

899 839 265 311 424 388 210 139 454 395 445 444

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: August 01, 2014