Long-term unemployment experience of the jobless

Table 1. Selected labor force and unemployment measures by age, 200709 annual averages
Age and characteristic 2007 2008 2009

Long-term unemployment rate

     

Total, 16 and older

0.8 1.1 2.9

16 to 24 years

1.3 1.8 4.1

25 to 54 years

0.7 1.0 2.8

55 years and older

0.7 1.0 2.6

Distribution of long-term unemployment

     

Total, 16 and older

100.0 100.0 100.0

16 to 24 years

22.5 22.3 19.5

25 to 54 years

62.3 62.2 63.8

55 years and older

15.1 15.6 16.7

Distribution of the labor force

     

Total, 16 and older

100.0 100.0 100.0

16 to 24 years

14.5 14.3 13.9

25 to 54 years

68.1 67.7 67.3

55 years and older

17.3 18.1 18.8

Percent unemployed 27 weeks and over

     

Total, 16 and older

17.6 19.7 31.5

16 to 24 years

11.9 13.8 23.3

25 to 54 years

19.9 21.8 33.4

55 years and older

22.7 25.7 39.4

Average number of weeks unemployed

     

Total, 16 and older

16.8 17.9 24.4

16 to 24 years

12.9 14.0 19.9

25 to 54 years

18.3 19.2 25.3

55 years and older

21.1 22.0 29.5

NOTE: Long-term unemployment is defined as the number of persons unemployed for 27 weeks or longer.
The long-term unemployment rate is defined as the share of a particular group's labor force total that has
been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.