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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
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HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
A-12. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2020 2021
Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

14,282 3,875 2,853 3,188 2,312 2,552 2,494 2,455 2,904 2,278 2,185 2,177 2,414

5 to 14 weeks

6,992 14,804 11,544 5,175 3,213 2,754 2,341 2,404 2,222 2,528 2,254 1,941 1,939

15 weeks and over

1,767 2,200 3,265 7,971 8,129 7,339 6,185 5,804 5,529 5,369 5,555 5,609 5,386

15 to 26 weeks

763 997 1,907 6,488 6,536 4,934 2,651 1,875 1,572 1,346 1,407 1,391 1,203

27 weeks and over

1,004 1,203 1,358 1,483 1,593 2,405 3,534 3,929 3,956 4,023 4,148 4,218 4,183

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

6.1 10.4 15.5 17.3 20.0 21.0 21.4 23.0 23.4 26.0 27.6 29.7 28.8

Median duration, in weeks

1.9 7.5 13.4 15.1 16.7 17.8 19.0 18.9 16.8 15.3 18.3 19.7 19.8

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

62.0 18.6 16.2 19.5 16.9 20.2 22.6 23.0 27.3 22.4 21.9 22.4 24.8

5 to 14 weeks

30.3 70.9 65.4 31.7 23.5 21.8 21.2 22.5 20.9 24.8 22.6 20.0 19.9

15 weeks and over

7.7 10.5 18.5 48.8 59.5 58.0 56.1 54.4 51.9 52.8 55.6 57.7 55.3

15 to 26 weeks

3.3 4.8 10.8 39.7 47.9 39.0 24.1 17.6 14.8 13.2 14.1 14.3 12.4

27 weeks and over

4.4 5.8 7.7 9.1 11.7 19.0 32.1 36.8 37.1 39.5 41.5 43.4 43.0

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: May 07, 2021