Bureau of Labor Statistics

Reason for unemployment, 2005

February 15, 2006

The percentage of unemployed persons who had lost their jobs or completed temporary jobs dropped to 48.3 percent in 2005 from 51.5 percent in 2004.

Unemployed persons by reason for unemployment, percent distribution, 2004 and 2005
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The share of unemployed increased in each of the other categories shown on the chart. Reentrants accounted for 31.4 percent of the unemployed in 2005, up from 29.5 percent the year before. Job leavers made up 11.5 percent of the unemployed last year, compared with 10.5 percent in 2004. The share accounted for by new entrants was 8.8 percent in 2005, compared with 8.4 percent in the prior year.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. More information on the reasons for unemployment can be found in Table 27 (PDF) of the January 2006 Employment and Earnings.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Reason for unemployment, 2005 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/feb/wk2/art03.htm (visited January 16, 2022).


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