Job leavers larger share of unemployed
March 21, 2000
The level of unemployment declined for almost every reason in 1999. The sole exception was an increase in the number of persons unemployed as a result of leaving their jobs voluntarily. As a result, the share of the unemployed made up of job leavers rose by one and one-half percentage points to 13.3 percent.
There were slightly fewer unemployed persons on temporary layoff, but their share of total unemployment still rose by half a percentage point to 14.4 percent.
Both numbers and shares of the unemployed declined for permanent job losers, for those who completed temporary jobs, and for new entrants to the labor force. The number of unemployed reentrants edged down, while their share of the unemployed was little changed.
These data are a product of the Current Population Survey. For more annual average data on unemployment, see the Table 28 of the January 2000 issue of Employment and Earnings. You can access additional pre-formatted tables from Employment and Earnings through the Current Labor Statistics button on the Monthly Labor Review homepage.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Job leavers larger share of unemployed on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/mar/wk3/art02.htm (visited January 23, 2021).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- Occupational Employment and Wages in Metro and Nonmetro Areas
Examines similarities and differences in employment and wages between metro and nonmetro areas.
- Gulf War Era Veterans in the Labor Force
Examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of civilians who served in the U.S. military during Gulf War era.
- Using BLS Data to Match People with Disabilities with Jobs Presents data that can help increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities in the nation’s labor market.
- How Women and Aging Affect Trends in Labor Force Growth Examines how women’s labor force participation and the aging of the U.S. population affect trends in labor force growth.