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

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,513 2,449 2,447 2,479 2,309 2,384 2,329 2,396 2,350 2,396 2,456 2,264 2,194

5 to 14 weeks

2,445 2,336 2,299 2,417 2,257 2,254 2,245 2,188 2,267 2,188 2,112 2,009 1,969

15 weeks and over

4,499 4,191 3,981 3,655 3,386 3,334 3,304 3,178 3,126 3,030 2,901 2,722 2,744

15 to 26 weeks

1,457 1,354 1,323 1,274 1,227 1,239 1,149 1,198 1,134 1,146 1,121 1,071 992

27 weeks and over

3,042 2,837 2,658 2,381 2,159 2,095 2,155 1,979 1,992 1,884 1,780 1,651 1,753

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

32.3 32.8 31.1 29.8 27.6 28.0 28.7 27.4 27.6 26.4 25.2 24.5 25.4

Median duration, in weeks

13.3 13.1 12.6 11.5 11.5 11.0 11.3 10.7 10.9 10.2 10.2 10.1 10.5

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

26.6 27.3 28.0 29.0 29.0 29.9 29.6 30.9 30.3 31.5 32.9 32.4 31.8

5 to 14 weeks

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

15 weeks and over

47.6 46.7 45.6 42.7 42.6 41.8 41.9 40.9 40.4 39.8 38.8 38.9 39.7

15 to 26 weeks

15.4 15.1 15.2 14.9 15.4 15.5 14.6 15.4 14.6 15.1 15.0 15.3 14.4

27 weeks and over

32.2 31.6 30.5 27.8 27.2 26.3 27.4 25.5 25.7 24.7 23.8 23.6 25.4

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: October 06, 2017