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
Feb.
2016
Feb.
2017
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Feb.
2016
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
Feb.
2017

Total not in the labor force

94,298 94,764 17,803 17,534 23,642 23,031 52,853 54,199 37,965 38,273 56,333 56,491

Do not want a job now(1)

88,350 89,123 16,082 15,886 21,091 20,719 51,176 52,518 35,206 35,697 53,144 53,426

Want a job(1)

5,949 5,641 1,721 1,648 2,550 2,312 1,677 1,681 2,759 2,575 3,189 3,066

Did not search for work in previous year

3,626 3,357 1,009 885 1,443 1,310 1,174 1,162 1,613 1,356 2,013 2,001

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

2,323 2,284 712 763 1,107 1,002 504 519 1,146 1,220 1,177 1,064

Not available to work now

519 561 174 248 275 239 70 73 203 247 316 314

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,803 1,723 538 515 832 763 434 445 943 972 860 751

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

599 522 146 124 295 265 158 132 363 376 236 146

Reasons other than discouragement

1,204 1,201 392 390 536 497 276 313 580 596 624 605

Family responsibilities

179 238 27 42 109 138 43 59 51 75 129 164

In school or training

236 243 167 184 70 45 0 15 110 145 126 98

Ill health or disability

127 134 22 13 44 46 60 74 59 56 68 78

Other(5)

661 585 176 151 314 268 172 165 361 320 301 265

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: March 10, 2017