How long before the unemployed find jobs or quit looking?

Chart 2. Share of the unemployed who were jobless for less than 5 weeks who became employed or left the labor force in the subsequent month, not seasonally adjusted 12-month moving average, January 1995–December 2010
Month Became Employed Left the labor force

Jan 1995

36.12 23.07

Feb 1995

36.73 23.14

Mar 1995

37.11 22.75

Apr 1995

37.08 22.72

May 1995

37.18 22.88

Jun 1995

37.25 22.64

Jul 1995

37.05 22.43

Aug 1995

37.24 22.46

Sep 1995

37.15 22.81

Oct 1995

37.24 22.93

Nov 1995

37.61 22.76

Dec 1995

36.93 22.70

Jan 1996

36.99 22.86

Feb 1996

37.12 22.87

Mar 1996

37.01 23.30

Apr 1996

36.81 23.28

May 1996

37.17 23.26

Jun 1996

37.02 23.49

Jul 1996

37.44 23.65

Aug 1996

37.63 23.70

Sep 1996

37.65 23.77

Oct 1996

37.71 23.76

Nov 1996

37.74 23.80

Dec 1996

37.78 23.84

Jan 1997

37.93 23.72

Feb 1997

37.56 23.72

Mar 1997

37.63 23.58

Apr 1997

37.87 23.68

May 1997

38.04 23.54

Jun 1997

38.36 23.25

Jul 1997

38.35 23.31

Aug 1997

38.15 23.62

Sep 1997

37.99 23.59

Oct 1997

38.42 23.52

Nov 1997

38.19 23.39

Dec 1997

38.84 23.44

Jan 1998

38.83 23.46

Feb 1998

39.09 23.53

Mar 1998

38.82 23.54

Apr 1998

39.26 23.55

May 1998

38.92 23.52

Jun 1998

38.91 23.26

Jul 1998

39.00 23.32

Aug 1998

39.11 23.14

Sep 1998

39.40 23.05

Oct 1998

39.37 23.06

Nov 1998

39.22 23.33

Dec 1998

38.95 23.51

Jan 1999

39.09 23.55

Feb 1999

39.00 23.54

Mar 1999

39.61 23.45

Apr 1999

39.08 23.54

May 1999

39.16 23.64

Jun 1999

39.37 23.74

Jul 1999

39.43 23.72

Aug 1999

39.41 23.59

Sep 1999

39.68 23.14

Oct 1999

39.39 23.21

Nov 1999

40.08 22.78

Dec 1999

40.53 22.70

Jan 2000

40.87 22.52

Feb 2000

40.74 22.51

Mar 2000

40.60 22.68

Apr 2000

40.88 22.35

May 2000

40.60 22.52

Jun 2000

40.86 22.84

Jul 2000

40.54 22.76

Aug 2000

40.62 22.95

Sep 2000

40.75 23.20

Oct 2000

40.94 23.01

Nov 2000

40.83 23.15

Dec 2000

39.97 23.09

Jan 2001

39.60 23.11

Feb 2001

40.16 23.01

Mar 2001

39.96 22.94

Apr 2001

39.83 22.97

May 2001

40.34 22.74

Jun 2001

40.07 22.63

Jul 2001

40.04 22.63

Aug 2001

39.92 22.52

Sep 2001

39.34 22.45

Oct 2001

38.62 22.67

Nov 2001

38.24 22.48

Dec 2001

38.34 22.48

Jan 2002

37.92 22.34

Feb 2002

37.59 22.27

Mar 2002

37.26 21.86

Apr 2002

36.74 21.63

May 2002

36.28 21.52

Jun 2002

35.47 21.50

Jul 2002

34.95 21.74

Aug 2002

34.83 21.61

Sep 2002

34.78 21.70

Oct 2002

34.73 21.60

Nov 2002

34.54 21.71

Dec 2002

34.18 21.63

Jan 2003

34.13 21.81

Feb 2003

33.53 22.04

Mar 2003

33.17 22.65

Apr 2003

33.26 22.87

May 2003

33.43 22.86

Jun 2003

33.33 22.87

Jul 2003

33.33 22.70

Aug 2003

33.27 22.71

Sep 2003

32.77 22.69

Oct 2003

33.10 22.76

Nov 2003

32.88 23.01

Dec 2003

33.33 23.19

Jan 2004

33.74 22.89

Feb 2004

33.73 22.96

Mar 2004

33.95 22.81

Apr 2004

34.24 22.71

May 2004

33.97 22.84

Jun 2004

33.87 22.82

Jul 2004

34.42 22.72

Aug 2004

34.12 22.80

Sep 2004

34.90 22.94

Oct 2004

34.78 22.94

Nov 2004

35.00 22.81

Dec 2004

35.06 22.83

Jan 2005

34.81 22.98

Feb 2005

35.11 22.74

Mar 2005

35.33 22.72

Apr 2005

35.26 22.85

May 2005

35.06 22.95

Jun 2005

35.36 23.13

Jul 2005

34.86 23.38

Aug 2005

35.19 23.49

Sep 2005

34.79 23.55

Oct 2005

34.78 23.65

Nov 2005

34.85 23.52

Dec 2005

34.76 23.87

Jan 2006

34.95 24.09

Feb 2006

35.25 24.19

Mar 2006

35.61 24.33

Apr 2006

35.45 24.50

May 2006

35.45 24.71

Jun 2006

36.01 24.52

Jul 2006

36.25 24.55

Aug 2006

36.19 24.56

Sep 2006

36.59 24.36

Oct 2006

36.54 24.47

Nov 2006

36.73 24.29

Dec 2006

36.93 24.03

Jan 2007

36.80 23.89

Feb 2007

37.02 23.98

Mar 2007

37.30 23.76

Apr 2007

37.30 23.36

May 2007

37.76 22.93

Jun 2007

37.52 23.19

Jul 2007

37.34 23.14

Aug 2007

37.50 23.09

Sep 2007

37.08 23.15

Oct 2007

37.19 22.70

Nov 2007

37.21 22.76

Dec 2007

36.96 22.51

Jan 2008

36.81 22.49

Feb 2008

36.58 22.46

Mar 2008

36.18 22.22

Apr 2008

36.18 22.45

May 2008

36.15 22.62

Jun 2008

35.51 22.21

Jul 2008

35.38 21.91

Aug 2008

35.04 22.05

Sep 2008

34.89 21.96

Oct 2008

35.01 21.96

Nov 2008

34.26 21.96

Dec 2008

33.78 21.87

Jan 2009

33.42 21.56

Feb 2009

32.39 21.14

Mar 2009

31.61 21.16

Apr 2009

31.31 20.96

May 2009

30.35 20.75

Jun 2009

30.20 20.56

Jul 2009

30.03 20.64

Aug 2009

29.50 20.28

Sep 2009

29.39 20.02

Oct 2009

29.01 19.96

Nov 2009

28.97 19.94

Dec 2009

29.07 20.04

Jan 2010

29.27 19.89

Feb 2010

29.58 20.21

Mar 2010

30.01 20.21

Apr 2010

30.34 20.12

May 2010

30.68 20.36

Jun 2010

30.65 20.65

Jul 2010

30.81 20.71

Aug 2010

30.92 20.74

Sep 2010

30.69 21.13

Oct 2010

30.40 21.22

Nov 2010

30.19 21.30

Dec 2010

30.4 21.2

NOTE: Shaded areas represent recessions as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Duration is based on the number of weeks unemployed in the month before becoming employed or leaving the labor force and, therefore, is somewhat understated.

These data featured in the Issues in Labor Statistics article, How long before the unemployed find jobs or quit looking?.