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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
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HOUSEHOLD DATA
ANNUAL AVERAGES
32. Unemployed persons by occupation, industry, and duration of unemployment
[Numbers in thousands]
Occupation and industry 2011
Unemployed Weeks
Total Less
than
5 weeks
5 to 14
weeks
15 weeks and over Average
(mean)
duration(1)
Median
duration
Total 15 to 26
weeks
27 weeks
and over

Total unemployed(2)

13,747 2,677 2,993 8,077 2,061 6,016 39.3 21.4

No previous work experience

1,284 270 335 678 203 474 35.1 16.9

OCCUPATION

Management, professional, and related occupations

2,458 466 510 1,482 361 1,121 41.6 22.8

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

1,067 157 215 695 164 531 45.1 27.2

Professional and related occupations

1,392 309 295 788 197 591 39.0 20.0

Service occupations

2,727 587 639 1,500 415 1,086 36.1 18.4

Sales and office occupations

3,135 545 641 1,949 463 1,486 40.6 24.7

Sales and related occupations

1,481 277 310 894 211 683 40.0 23.3

Office and administrative support occupations

1,653 267 331 1,055 252 803 41.2 26.0

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

2,000 421 430 1,150 295 855 39.2 20.4

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

181 45 58 77 36 42 23.8 12.0

Construction and extraction occupations

1,414 315 292 807 196 611 39.5 20.6

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

406 60 80 265 63 202 44.9 27.4

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

2,099 383 426 1,290 317 973 41.4 23.5

Production occupations

1,025 180 204 641 142 499 43.8 25.9

Transportation and material moving occupations

1,073 203 222 648 175 474 39.0 21.8

INDUSTRY(3)

Agriculture and related industries

195 49 60 86 38 48 25.0 12.3

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

52 11 11 31 9 22 40.4 21.3

Construction

1,407 293 292 822 205 617 39.7 21.3

Manufacturing

1,391 218 251 922 197 725 47.1 29.9

Durable goods

899 131 157 611 125 486 48.3 33.2

Nondurable goods

492 86 94 311 72 239 44.9 26.2

Wholesale and retail trade

1,861 333 410 1,118 285 833 39.8 22.4

Transportation and utilities

533 88 102 343 78 265 43.8 26.9

Information

230 43 41 146 30 116 43.6 27.8

Financial activities

601 85 105 411 96 315 45.4 29.1

Professional and business services

1,475 278 320 878 237 641 38.6 21.4

Education and health services

1,642 352 380 910 239 671 36.2 18.8

Leisure and hospitality

1,588 359 399 830 234 596 33.5 16.3

Other services

559 111 112 336 87 249 41.3 22.5

Public administration

279 43 51 185 45 140 40.6 27.4

Footnotes
(1) Beginning in January 2011, these series reflect a change to the collection of data on unemployment duration. For more information, see www.bls.gov/cps/duration.htm.
(2) Persons whose last job was in the U.S. Armed Forces are included in the unemployed total, but not shown separately.
(3) Industry data refer to wage and salary workers. Persons who were unpaid family workers or self-employed, unincorporated, on their last job are included in the unemployed total, but not shown separately.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Effective with January 2011 data, occupations reflect the introduction of the 2010 Census occupational classification system into the Current Population Survey, or household survey. This classification system is derived from the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). No historical data have been revised. Occupational data for 2011 are not strictly comparable with earlier years.

Last Modified Date: March 1, 2012