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

Total not in the labor force

88,463 90,817 15,536 15,890 23,701 23,922 49,226 51,005 34,654 35,830 53,809 54,987

Do not want a job now(1)

81,311 84,122 12,945 13,325 20,766 21,386 47,600 49,412 31,411 32,884 49,900 51,239

Want a job(1)

7,152 6,694 2,591 2,565 2,935 2,536 1,626 1,593 3,243 2,946 3,909 3,748

Did not search for work in previous year

3,931 3,856 1,463 1,443 1,461 1,366 1,006 1,047 1,662 1,581 2,269 2,275

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

3,221 2,838 1,128 1,123 1,474 1,170 619 546 1,580 1,366 1,640 1,473

Not available to work now

639 810 281 435 280 288 77 87 248 341 390 469

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,582 2,028 847 688 1,193 882 542 459 1,332 1,025 1,250 1,004

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

1,027 676 237 188 513 289 276 198 595 385 431 291

Reasons other than discouragement

1,555 1,353 610 500 680 593 266 260 737 640 818 713

Family responsibilities

218 206 38 36 122 130 58 40 72 50 145 155

In school or training

239 228 189 180 46 47 4 1 127 129 113 99

Ill health or disability

132 102 35 10 56 45 41 47 66 48 65 54

Other(5)

967 817 347 274 456 371 163 172 471 412 495 405

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: July 03, 2014