HOUSEHOLD DATA
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-18. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration Total White Black or African
American
Asian Hispanic or Latino
4th
2017
4th
2018
4th
2017
4th
2018
4th
2017
4th
2018
4th
2017
4th
2018
4th
2017
4th
2018

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Total unemployed

6,269 5,817 4,249 3,979 1,406 1,248 270 306 1,295 1,231

Less than 5 weeks

2,062 1,963 1,489 1,417 376 372 67 79 458 462

5 to 14 weeks

1,813 1,768 1,275 1,208 361 382 81 104 390 360

15 weeks and over

2,394 2,085 1,485 1,354 669 494 123 123 447 408

15 to 26 weeks

878 833 559 556 234 160 44 56 171 180

27 weeks and over

1,515 1,251 926 798 435 334 79 66 276 228

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

25.6 22.6 23.7 21.8 30.1 24.7 38.0 27.3 21.9 20.5

Median duration, in weeks

9.5 9.2 8.7 8.6 13.4 10.5 12.9 11.5 8.8 8.3

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

32.9 33.8 35.0 35.6 26.7 29.8 24.6 25.9 35.4 37.6

5 to 14 weeks

28.9 30.4 30.0 30.4 25.7 30.6 29.8 34.1 30.1 29.3

15 weeks and over

38.2 35.8 35.0 34.0 47.6 39.6 45.6 40.1 34.5 33.2

15 to 26 weeks

14.0 14.3 13.2 14.0 16.7 12.8 16.3 18.4 13.2 14.7

27 weeks and over

24.2 21.5 21.8 20.1 30.9 26.7 29.2 21.7 21.3 18.5

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: Estimates for the above race groups (White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: January 04, 2019