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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

NOTE: This table was revised on January 10, 2024 with minor corrections to some estimates for the fourth quarter of 2020. See the list of series affected by this correction.

HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2020 2021 2022 2023
4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,618 2,228 2,131 2,199 2,004 2,307 2,182 2,155 2,218 2,172 2,004 2,095 2,176

5 to 14 weeks

2,375 2,226 2,120 1,824 1,718 1,701 1,634 1,765 1,704 1,799 1,878 1,899 1,896

15 weeks and over

5,861 5,484 5,209 4,241 3,071 2,302 2,047 1,951 1,978 1,904 1,967 2,248 2,290

15 to 26 weeks

2,031 1,368 1,294 1,106 891 718 720 781 794 846 855 970 1,038

27 weeks and over

3,830 4,116 3,914 3,135 2,181 1,584 1,327 1,170 1,184 1,058 1,113 1,278 1,252

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

22.9 27.7 30.0 29.2 28.0 25.0 23.2 21.6 20.6 19.7 20.9 20.8 21.1

Median duration, in weeks

18.1 18.3 19.8 14.0 12.1 9.6 8.5 8.3 8.2 9.0 8.8 8.9 9.1

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

24.1 22.4 22.5 26.6 29.5 36.6 37.2 36.7 37.6 37.0 34.3 33.6 34.2

5 to 14 weeks

21.9 22.4 22.4 22.1 25.3 27.0 27.9 30.1 28.9 30.6 32.1 30.4 29.8

15 weeks and over

54.0 55.2 55.1 51.3 45.2 36.5 34.9 33.2 33.5 32.4 33.6 36.0 36.0

15 to 26 weeks

18.7 13.8 13.7 13.4 13.1 11.4 12.3 13.3 13.5 14.4 14.6 15.5 16.3

27 weeks and over

35.3 41.4 41.4 37.9 32.1 25.1 22.6 19.9 20.1 18.0 19.0 20.5 19.7

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: January 10, 2024