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

Total not in the labor force

91,463 92,041 17,801 17,247 23,896 23,606 49,767 51,187 36,654 37,037 54,809 55,004

Do not want a job now(1)

85,780 85,919 16,179 15,511 21,194 20,906 48,406 49,502 33,996 34,184 51,784 51,735

Want a job(1)

5,683 6,122 1,621 1,736 2,701 2,700 1,361 1,685 2,659 2,852 3,025 3,269

Did not search for work in previous year

2,949 3,350 848 925 1,270 1,308 830 1,117 1,230 1,473 1,719 1,876

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

2,734 2,772 773 811 1,431 1,392 531 569 1,428 1,379 1,306 1,393

Not available to work now

451 580 182 202 231 284 38 94 161 225 290 355

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,283 2,192 591 610 1,200 1,108 493 474 1,267 1,154 1,016 1,038

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

815 770 164 178 433 379 218 212 542 480 273 290

Reasons other than discouragement

1,468 1,423 427 432 767 729 275 262 725 674 743 748

Family responsibilities

225 247 36 40 137 173 51 34 60 71 165 176

In school or training

233 229 168 184 58 42 7 3 140 102 93 127

Ill health or disability

169 131 8 22 101 64 60 45 88 56 81 74

Other(5)

842 816 214 186 471 450 157 180 437 445 405 371

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: November 07, 2014