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
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2015
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2015
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2015
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2015
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2015
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2015

Total not in the labor force

92,594 93,712 18,298 18,238 23,885 23,752 50,411 51,722 37,384 37,473 55,210 56,238

Do not want a job now(1)

86,506 87,616 16,277 16,156 21,285 21,294 48,944 50,166 34,420 34,677 52,086 52,939

Want a job(1)

6,088 6,096 2,020 2,082 2,601 2,459 1,467 1,556 2,963 2,796 3,125 3,300

Did not search for work in previous year

3,137 3,144 938 1,094 1,276 1,130 923 920 1,438 1,349 1,698 1,794

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

2,951 2,952 1,083 988 1,324 1,328 544 636 1,525 1,447 1,426 1,505

Not available to work now

791 837 436 463 275 296 80 77 333 350 457 486

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,160 2,115 647 525 1,049 1,032 464 559 1,192 1,096 969 1,019

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

783 756 201 161 393 384 188 211 488 450 295 306

Reasons other than discouragement

1,378 1,360 446 364 656 648 275 348 704 646 674 713

Family responsibilities

187 231 26 11 135 143 26 76 39 62 147 169

In school or training

284 224 217 161 60 54 7 9 170 110 114 114

Ill health or disability

145 175 11 16 90 71 44 87 73 101 73 73

Other(5)

761 729 192 175 371 379 199 176 422 373 340 356

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: May 08, 2015