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

Total not in the labor force

93,674 95,051 18,176 18,131 23,820 23,794 51,677 53,126 37,708 38,566 55,966 56,485

Do not want a job now(1)

87,207 88,884 16,264 16,335 21,127 21,214 49,815 51,335 34,678 35,627 52,528 53,257

Want a job(1)

6,467 6,166 1,912 1,795 2,693 2,580 1,862 1,791 3,030 2,939 3,437 3,227

Did not search for work in previous year

3,627 3,506 1,018 990 1,397 1,374 1,212 1,141 1,569 1,544 2,059 1,962

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

2,840 2,660 894 805 1,296 1,206 650 649 1,461 1,395 1,379 1,265

Not available to work now

606 571 242 215 290 253 74 103 246 223 359 348

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,234 2,089 652 590 1,006 952 576 546 1,215 1,172 1,019 917

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

682 623 159 149 301 314 223 160 463 413 219 210

Reasons other than discouragement

1,552 1,466 493 441 705 639 353 386 751 759 800 707

Family responsibilities

255 272 32 25 164 176 59 71 57 95 198 177

In school or training

321 249 243 204 55 35 23 11 175 141 146 108

Ill health or disability

175 198 19 14 94 101 63 83 93 105 82 93

Other(5)

801 746 200 199 392 327 208 220 427 418 374 329

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: February 05, 2016