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
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2018
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2018
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2018
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2018
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2018
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2018

Total not in the labor force

95,406 96,743 17,743 17,533 23,305 23,115 54,358 56,095 38,546 39,048 56,860 57,695

Do not want a job now(1)

89,472 91,379 16,069 15,984 20,835 20,737 52,568 54,659 35,833 36,621 53,639 54,758

Want a job(1)

5,934 5,364 1,673 1,549 2,471 2,378 1,790 1,437 2,713 2,427 3,221 2,937

Did not search for work in previous year

3,585 3,165 944 833 1,433 1,355 1,208 977 1,594 1,276 1,991 1,889

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

2,349 2,199 730 717 1,038 1,023 582 460 1,119 1,151 1,230 1,048

Not available to work now

598 547 269 203 229 292 100 52 217 235 381 312

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,752 1,653 461 514 809 731 482 408 903 917 849 736

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

532 451 112 88 277 223 142 140 305 282 227 169

Reasons other than discouragement

1,220 1,202 349 426 531 508 339 269 598 635 622 567

Family responsibilities

139 158 14 18 94 113 31 27 44 24 96 134

In school or training

224 210 168 187 38 17 18 6 115 126 109 84

Ill health or disability

160 149 9 23 46 51 105 75 75 75 85 73

Other(5)

697 686 158 198 354 327 185 161 364 410 333 276

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: February 02, 2018