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

Total not in the labor force

93,621 94,365 15,447 15,369 23,347 22,937 54,827 56,059 37,245 37,616 56,376 56,749

Do not want a job now(1)

87,895 88,712 13,602 13,473 21,053 20,658 53,240 54,581 34,597 35,008 53,299 53,704

Want a job(1)

5,725 5,654 1,844 1,896 2,294 2,280 1,587 1,478 2,648 2,608 3,077 3,046

Did not search for work in previous year

3,537 3,585 1,208 1,165 1,225 1,336 1,105 1,085 1,553 1,552 1,984 2,033

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

2,188 2,069 637 732 1,069 944 483 393 1,095 1,056 1,093 1,013

Not available to work now

606 632 270 300 259 260 77 72 252 252 354 380

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,582 1,437 367 432 810 684 406 321 843 804 739 633

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

514 359 90 86 248 160 176 113 340 240 174 120

Reasons other than discouragement

1,069 1,078 277 346 562 523 230 209 503 565 565 513

Family responsibilities

210 201 16 27 152 132 41 42 69 66 141 134

In school or training

122 189 99 139 22 50 0 0 60 124 62 65

Ill health or disability

152 103 19 12 67 52 66 40 58 41 94 63

Other(5)

586 584 143 168 320 289 123 127 317 334 269 251

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: July 06, 2018