HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2014 2015 2016 2017
2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,469 2,513 2,449 2,447 2,479 2,309 2,384 2,329 2,396 2,350 2,396 2,456 2,264

5 to 14 weeks

2,389 2,445 2,336 2,299 2,417 2,257 2,254 2,245 2,188 2,267 2,188 2,112 2,009

15 weeks and over

4,795 4,499 4,191 3,981 3,655 3,386 3,334 3,304 3,178 3,126 3,030 2,901 2,722

15 to 26 weeks

1,498 1,457 1,354 1,323 1,274 1,227 1,239 1,149 1,198 1,134 1,146 1,121 1,071

27 weeks and over

3,297 3,042 2,837 2,658 2,381 2,159 2,095 2,155 1,979 1,992 1,884 1,780 1,651

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

34.2 32.3 32.8 31.1 29.8 27.6 28.0 28.7 27.4 27.6 26.4 25.2 24.5

Median duration, in weeks

14.6 13.3 13.1 12.6 11.5 11.5 11.0 11.3 10.7 10.9 10.2 10.2 10.1

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

25.6 26.6 27.3 28.0 29.0 29.0 29.9 29.6 30.9 30.3 31.5 32.9 32.4

5 to 14 weeks

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

15 weeks and over

49.7 47.6 46.7 45.6 42.7 42.6 41.8 41.9 40.9 40.4 39.8 38.8 38.9

15 to 26 weeks

15.5 15.4 15.1 15.2 14.9 15.4 15.5 14.6 15.4 14.6 15.1 15.0 15.3

27 weeks and over

34.2 32.2 31.6 30.5 27.8 27.2 26.3 27.4 25.5 25.7 24.7 23.8 23.6

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: July 07, 2017