HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2015 2016 2017 2018
2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,489 2,320 2,380 2,307 2,409 2,362 2,389 2,440 2,241 2,193 2,206 2,358 2,125

5 to 14 weeks

2,430 2,257 2,254 2,237 2,206 2,264 2,188 2,099 2,013 1,960 1,944 1,952 1,948

15 weeks and over

3,651 3,401 3,340 3,293 3,178 3,134 3,040 2,864 2,720 2,759 2,470 2,312 2,269

15 to 26 weeks

1,248 1,259 1,226 1,156 1,178 1,158 1,136 1,114 1,049 1,017 886 932 949

27 weeks and over

2,403 2,142 2,114 2,137 2,001 1,976 1,904 1,751 1,671 1,742 1,584 1,380 1,320

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

29.9 27.5 27.7 28.9 27.6 27.5 26.1 25.2 24.7 25.3 24.9 23.7 21.8

Median duration, in weeks

11.6 11.3 11.1 11.4 10.8 10.6 10.4 10.3 10.2 10.3 9.5 9.3 9.3

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

29.0 29.1 29.8 29.4 30.9 30.4 31.4 33.0 32.1 31.7 33.3 35.6 33.5

5 to 14 weeks

28.4 28.3 28.3 28.5 28.3 29.2 28.7 28.4 28.9 28.4 29.4 29.5 30.7

15 weeks and over

42.6 42.6 41.9 42.0 40.8 40.4 39.9 38.7 39.0 39.9 37.3 34.9 35.8

15 to 26 weeks

14.6 15.8 15.4 14.8 15.1 14.9 14.9 15.0 15.0 14.7 13.4 14.1 15.0

27 weeks and over

28.0 26.9 26.5 27.3 25.7 25.5 25.0 23.6 24.0 25.2 23.9 20.8 20.8

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 06, 2018