HOUSEHOLD DATA
ANNUAL AVERAGES
35. Persons not in the labor force by desire and availability for work, age, and sex
[In thousands]
Category Total Age Sex
2014 2015 16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015

Total not in the labor force

92,025 93,671 17,418 17,367 23,744 23,957 50,863 52,347 36,865 37,481 55,159 56,190

Do not want a job now(1)

85,702 87,589 15,377 15,525 21,075 21,344 49,250 50,719 33,932 34,681 51,770 52,907

Want a job(1)

6,323 6,082 2,041 1,842 2,669 2,612 1,614 1,628 2,934 2,799 3,389 3,283

Did not search for work in previous year

3,448 3,454 1,072 1,030 1,337 1,357 1,039 1,067 1,524 1,507 1,924 1,947

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

2,875 2,628 969 812 1,332 1,256 574 561 1,409 1,292 1,465 1,336

Not available to work now

667 673 303 287 284 307 81 79 270 277 397 395

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,207 1,956 666 525 1,048 949 493 482 1,139 1,015 1,068 941

Discouraged over job
prospects(4)

739 664 184 159 350 316 205 189 443 404 296 261

Reasons other than discouragement

1,468 1,291 482 366 697 632 289 293 696 611 772 680

Family responsibilities

239 216 34 23 160 138 45 55 65 64 174 153

In school or training

267 212 208 154 54 51 4 7 149 106 118 107

Ill health or disability

161 168 16 16 84 77 61 75 82 84 80 84

Other(5)

801 695 224 174 398 366 179 155 400 358 401 337

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 10, 2016