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Table A-12. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment

HOUSEHOLD DATA
Table A-12. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
Dec.
2019
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020
Dec.
2019
Aug.
2020
Sept.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,001 2,291 2,813 2,098 2,312 2,552 2,494 2,455 2,904

5 to 14 weeks

1,651 2,293 2,211 1,682 3,213 2,754 2,341 2,404 2,222

15 weeks and over

1,852 5,681 5,380 1,997 8,129 7,339 6,185 5,804 5,529

15 to 26 weeks

755 1,807 1,502 821 6,536 4,934 2,651 1,875 1,572

27 weeks and over

1,097 3,873 3,878 1,177 1,593 2,405 3,534 3,929 3,956

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

20.3 24.0 22.8 20.8 20.0 21.0 21.4 23.0 23.4

Median duration, in weeks

8.4 18.8 16.1 9.1 16.7 17.8 19.0 18.9 16.8

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Less than 5 weeks

36.4 22.3 27.0 36.3 16.9 20.2 22.6 23.0 27.3

5 to 14 weeks

30.0 22.3 21.3 29.1 23.5 21.8 21.2 22.5 20.9

15 weeks and over

33.6 55.3 51.7 34.6 59.5 58.0 56.1 54.4 51.9

15 to 26 weeks

13.7 17.6 14.4 14.2 47.9 39.0 24.1 17.6 14.8

27 weeks and over

19.9 37.7 37.3 20.4 11.7 19.0 32.1 36.8 37.1

NOTE: Detail for the seasonally adjusted data shown in this table will not necessarily add to total unemployed in table A-1 because of the independent seasonal adjustment of the various series. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

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Last Modified Date: January 08, 2021