HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2011 2012 2013 2014
3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,688 2,623 2,590 2,646 2,685 2,648 2,642 2,620 2,549 2,496 2,423 2,472 2,526

5 to 14 weeks

2,953 3,008 2,838 2,887 2,898 2,834 2,903 2,778 2,750 2,576 2,526 2,388 2,463

15 weeks and over

8,216 7,692 7,352 7,098 6,841 6,664 6,471 6,278 5,977 5,713 5,406 4,784 4,462

15 to 26 weeks

2,079 1,978 1,962 1,822 1,826 1,811 1,794 1,932 1,764 1,723 1,661 1,482 1,438

27 weeks and over

6,136 5,714 5,389 5,276 5,015 4,853 4,677 4,346 4,213 3,990 3,745 3,302 3,024

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

40.3 40.0 39.9 39.6 39.1 39.2 36.4 36.4 36.8 36.7 36.0 34.4 31.9

Median duration, in weeks

22.0 20.8 20.1 19.6 18.0 18.8 17.2 16.8 16.2 16.9 16.2 14.6 13.3

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

19.4 19.7 20.3 20.9 21.6 21.8 22.0 22.4 22.6 23.1 23.4 25.6 26.7

5 to 14 weeks

21.3 22.6 22.2 22.9 23.3 23.3 24.2 23.8 24.4 23.9 24.4 24.8 26.1

15 weeks and over

59.3 57.7 57.5 56.2 55.1 54.9 53.9 53.8 53.0 53.0 52.2 49.6 47.2

15 to 26 weeks

15.0 14.8 15.4 14.4 14.7 14.9 14.9 16.5 15.6 16.0 16.0 15.4 15.2

27 weeks and over

44.3 42.9 42.2 41.8 40.4 40.0 38.9 37.2 37.4 37.0 36.2 34.2 32.0

Footnotes
(1) Beginning in January 2011, this series reflects a change to the collection of data on unemployment duration. For more information, see www.bls.gov/cps/duration.htm.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: October 03, 2014