HOUSEHOLD DATA
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
A-38. Persons not in the labor force by desire and availability for work, age, and sex
[In thousands]
Category Total Age Sex
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2016
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
Dec.
2016

Total not in the labor force

94,691 95,774 17,607 17,659 23,946 23,477 53,139 54,638 38,233 38,636 56,458 57,138

Do not want a job now(1)

88,985 90,325 16,037 16,092 21,393 21,095 51,555 53,138 35,594 36,005 53,392 54,320

Want a job(1)

5,705 5,449 1,569 1,567 2,552 2,382 1,583 1,500 2,639 2,631 3,066 2,819

Did not search for work in previous year

3,301 3,206 849 910 1,408 1,295 1,044 1,001 1,454 1,486 1,847 1,720

Searched for work in previous year(2),
but not in past 4 weeks

2,404 2,243 721 657 1,144 1,087 539 499 1,185 1,145 1,219 1,098

Not available to work now

571 559 252 194 239 288 80 77 256 181 315 378

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,833 1,684 468 464 905 799 459 422 929 963 904 721

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

663 426 130 68 322 217 211 142 396 295 267 131

Reasons other than discouragement

1,170 1,258 338 395 583 582 249 280 533 668 638 590

Family responsibilities

204 235 12 14 148 153 44 67 63 105 141 130

In school or training

216 247 164 181 48 57 3 9 111 125 104 122

Ill health or disability

156 148 23 22 68 79 65 47 88 85 68 63

Other(5)

594 627 139 177 320 293 136 157 270 352 324 275

Footnotes
(1) Includes some persons who are not asked if they want a job.
(2) Persons who had a job in the prior 12 months must have searched since the end of that job.
(3) Persons "marginally attached to the labor force" are those who want a job, have searched for work during the prior 12 months, and were available to take a job during the reference week, but had not looked for work in the past 4 weeks.
(4) Discouraged workers are persons marginally attached to the labor force who did not actively look for work in the prior 4 weeks for reasons such as thinks no work available, could not find work, lacks schooling or training, employer thinks too young or old, and other types of discrimination.
(5) Includes those who did not actively look for work in the prior 4 weeks for such reasons as child-care and transportation problems, as well as a small number for which reason for nonparticipation was not ascertained.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: January 06, 2017