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

Total not in the labor force

89,988 91,794 16,752 16,890 23,732 23,624 49,504 51,281 35,590 36,326 54,398 55,469

Do not want a job now(1)

83,697 85,413 14,866 14,873 20,929 20,899 47,902 49,641 32,874 33,669 50,823 51,744

Want a job(1)

6,291 6,382 1,885 2,017 2,803 2,725 1,602 1,640 2,715 2,657 3,575 3,725

Did not search for work in previous year

3,386 3,607 1,002 1,114 1,400 1,461 984 1,032 1,352 1,456 2,034 2,150

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

2,905 2,775 884 903 1,403 1,264 618 608 1,364 1,201 1,541 1,574

Not available to work now

563 634 202 271 302 301 59 62 195 217 368 417

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,342 2,141 681 633 1,101 963 560 545 1,168 984 1,174 1,157

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

866 775 224 210 430 324 212 241 477 424 389 351

Reasons other than discouragement

1,476 1,366 457 423 671 639 347 304 692 560 785 806

Family responsibilities

215 293 20 46 141 202 54 45 50 66 165 227

In school or training

233 204 148 148 84 50 1 6 132 90 100 114

Ill health or disability

145 151 34 11 49 63 62 77 80 82 64 69

Other(5)

884 718 255 218 397 324 231 177 429 323 455 396

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 05, 2014