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

Total not in the labor force

90,817 92,380 15,890 15,682 23,922 24,215 51,005 52,482 35,830 36,571 54,987 55,809

Do not want a job now(1)

84,122 85,819 13,325 13,344 21,386 21,599 49,412 50,875 32,884 33,562 51,239 52,257

Want a job(1)

6,694 6,561 2,565 2,338 2,536 2,616 1,593 1,607 2,946 3,009 3,748 3,552

Did not search for work in previous year

3,856 3,883 1,443 1,423 1,366 1,414 1,047 1,046 1,581 1,755 2,275 2,128

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

2,838 2,678 1,123 915 1,170 1,202 546 561 1,366 1,254 1,473 1,424

Not available to work now

810 764 435 386 288 326 87 52 341 356 469 408

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,028 1,914 688 530 882 876 459 509 1,025 898 1,004 1,016

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

676 653 188 170 289 320 198 163 385 384 291 269

Reasons other than discouragement

1,353 1,261 500 360 593 555 260 346 640 514 713 747

Family responsibilities

206 222 36 28 130 126 40 68 50 54 155 168

In school or training

228 216 180 142 47 71 1 3 129 88 99 128

Ill health or disability

102 189 10 9 45 67 47 112 48 75 54 114

Other(5)

817 635 274 181 371 292 172 162 412 297 405 338

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: July 02, 2015