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

Total not in the labor force

91,794 93,706 16,890 16,588 23,624 24,292 51,281 52,826 36,326 37,253 55,469 56,453

Do not want a job now(1)

85,413 87,786 14,873 14,849 20,899 21,674 49,641 51,263 33,669 34,664 51,744 53,121

Want a job(1)

6,382 5,920 2,017 1,740 2,725 2,618 1,640 1,563 2,657 2,589 3,725 3,331

Did not search for work in previous year

3,607 3,438 1,114 959 1,461 1,390 1,032 1,089 1,456 1,360 2,150 2,079

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

2,775 2,482 903 781 1,264 1,227 608 474 1,201 1,229 1,574 1,253

Not available to work now

634 670 271 230 301 334 62 106 217 263 417 407

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,141 1,812 633 551 963 893 545 368 984 967 1,157 846

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

775 624 210 182 324 279 241 163 424 391 351 234

Reasons other than discouragement

1,366 1,188 423 368 639 614 304 205 560 576 806 612

Family responsibilities

293 215 46 27 202 134 45 53 66 74 227 140

In school or training

204 176 148 125 50 51 6 0 90 100 114 76

Ill health or disability

151 159 11 18 63 97 77 44 82 64 69 95

Other(5)

718 638 218 198 324 331 177 109 323 337 396 301

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: September 04, 2015