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

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,443 2,469 2,513 2,449 2,447 2,479 2,309 2,384 2,329 2,396 2,350 2,396 2,456

5 to 14 weeks

2,534 2,389 2,445 2,336 2,299 2,417 2,257 2,254 2,245 2,188 2,267 2,188 2,112

15 weeks and over

5,328 4,795 4,499 4,191 3,981 3,655 3,386 3,334 3,304 3,178 3,126 3,030 2,901

15 to 26 weeks

1,656 1,498 1,457 1,354 1,323 1,274 1,227 1,239 1,149 1,198 1,134 1,146 1,121

27 weeks and over

3,671 3,297 3,042 2,837 2,658 2,381 2,159 2,095 2,155 1,979 1,992 1,884 1,780

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

35.6 34.2 32.3 32.8 31.1 29.8 27.6 28.0 28.7 27.4 27.6 26.4 25.2

Median duration, in weeks

15.7 14.6 13.3 13.1 12.6 11.5 11.5 11.0 11.3 10.7 10.9 10.2 10.2

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

23.7 25.6 26.6 27.3 28.0 29.0 29.0 29.9 29.6 30.9 30.3 31.5 32.9

5 to 14 weeks

24.6 24.7 25.9 26.0 26.3 28.3 28.4 28.3 28.5 28.2 29.3 28.7 28.3

15 weeks and over

51.7 49.7 47.6 46.7 45.6 42.7 42.6 41.8 41.9 40.9 40.4 39.8 38.8

15 to 26 weeks

16.1 15.5 15.4 15.1 15.2 14.9 15.4 15.5 14.6 15.4 14.6 15.1 15.0

27 weeks and over

35.6 34.2 32.2 31.6 30.5 27.8 27.2 26.3 27.4 25.5 25.7 24.7 23.8

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: April 07, 2017