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
Nov.
2015
Nov.
2016
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Nov.
2015
Nov.
2016
Nov.
2015
Nov.
2016
Nov.
2015
Nov.
2016
Nov.
2015
Nov.
2016
Nov.
2015
Nov.
2016

Total not in the labor force

94,407 95,089 17,835 17,623 23,800 23,313 52,772 54,153 38,319 38,370 56,088 56,719

Do not want a job now(1)

89,081 89,565 16,388 16,132 21,348 20,855 51,345 52,578 35,720 35,735 53,361 53,830

Want a job(1)

5,326 5,524 1,447 1,492 2,451 2,458 1,427 1,575 2,599 2,636 2,726 2,889

Did not search for work in previous year

3,073 2,993 810 781 1,311 1,238 952 974 1,397 1,367 1,676 1,626

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

2,253 2,532 638 711 1,141 1,220 474 601 1,203 1,268 1,051 1,263

Not available to work now

536 599 205 198 267 285 65 117 256 248 280 351

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,717 1,932 433 513 874 935 410 484 947 1,020 770 912

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

594 591 140 122 311 316 143 154 389 393 205 198

Reasons other than discouragement

1,123 1,341 293 392 563 619 267 330 558 627 565 714

Family responsibilities

225 204 21 40 160 120 45 44 98 50 128 154

In school or training

174 228 140 164 34 55 0 9 74 107 100 120

Ill health or disability

147 176 13 22 53 73 82 81 68 92 80 84

Other(5)

576 733 119 165 316 371 140 197 318 377 258 356

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: December 02, 2016