HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2013 2014 2015 2016
4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,521 2,443 2,469 2,513 2,449 2,447 2,479 2,309 2,384 2,329 2,396 2,350 2,396

5 to 14 weeks

2,591 2,534 2,389 2,445 2,336 2,299 2,417 2,257 2,254 2,245 2,188 2,267 2,188

15 weeks and over

5,704 5,328 4,795 4,499 4,191 3,981 3,655 3,386 3,334 3,304 3,178 3,126 3,030

15 to 26 weeks

1,712 1,656 1,498 1,457 1,354 1,323 1,274 1,227 1,239 1,149 1,198 1,134 1,146

27 weeks and over

3,992 3,671 3,297 3,042 2,837 2,658 2,381 2,159 2,095 2,155 1,979 1,992 1,884

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

36.2 35.6 34.2 32.3 32.8 31.1 29.8 27.6 28.0 28.7 27.4 27.6 26.4

Median duration, in weeks

16.9 15.7 14.6 13.3 13.1 12.6 11.5 11.5 11.0 11.3 10.7 10.9 10.2

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

23.3 23.7 25.6 26.6 27.3 28.0 29.0 29.0 29.9 29.6 30.9 30.3 31.5

5 to 14 weeks

24.0 24.6 24.7 25.9 26.0 26.3 28.3 28.4 28.3 28.5 28.2 29.3 28.7

15 weeks and over

52.7 51.7 49.7 47.6 46.7 45.6 42.7 42.6 41.8 41.9 40.9 40.4 39.8

15 to 26 weeks

15.8 16.1 15.5 15.4 15.1 15.2 14.9 15.4 15.5 14.6 15.4 14.6 15.1

27 weeks and over

36.9 35.6 34.2 32.2 31.6 30.5 27.8 27.2 26.3 27.4 25.5 25.7 24.7

Footnotes
(1) Beginning in January 2011, this series reflects a change to the collection of data on unemployment duration. For more information, see https://www.bls.gov/cps/duration.htm.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: January 06, 2017