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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
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HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2018 2019 2020 2021
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,342 2,128 2,087 2,123 2,255 1,983 2,077 2,030 2,526 7,003 2,684 2,618 2,213

5 to 14 weeks

1,912 1,943 1,767 1,882 1,844 1,793 1,781 1,735 1,763 11,114 3,714 2,323 2,241

15 weeks and over

2,310 2,263 2,303 2,192 2,195 2,115 2,111 2,081 1,981 2,411 7,813 5,839 5,511

15 to 26 weeks

907 919 954 894 903 776 887 876 827 1,222 5,986 2,033 1,381

27 weeks and over

1,403 1,344 1,350 1,298 1,292 1,339 1,224 1,205 1,154 1,188 1,827 3,807 4,130

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

23.8 21.7 23.3 22.0 21.6 23.0 21.4 20.8 19.9 10.6 19.4 22.6 27.8

Median duration, in weeks

9.1 9.4 9.5 9.2 9.2 9.3 9.2 9.2 8.1 7.6 16.5 18.2 17.8

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

35.7 33.6 33.9 34.3 35.8 33.7 34.8 34.7 40.3 34.1 18.9 24.3 22.2

5 to 14 weeks

29.1 30.7 28.7 30.4 29.3 30.4 29.8 29.7 28.1 54.1 26.1 21.5 22.5

15 weeks and over

35.2 35.7 37.4 35.4 34.9 35.9 35.4 35.6 31.6 11.7 55.0 54.2 55.3

15 to 26 weeks

13.8 14.5 15.5 14.4 14.3 13.2 14.9 15.0 13.2 6.0 42.1 18.9 13.9

27 weeks and over

21.4 21.2 21.9 20.9 20.5 22.7 20.5 20.6 18.4 5.8 12.9 35.3 41.4

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

 

Last Modified Date: April 02, 2021