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

Total not in the labor force

90,451 92,349 15,298 15,426 24,073 24,414 51,081 52,509 35,503 36,309 54,947 56,041

Do not want a job now(1)

83,827 85,904 13,213 13,596 21,221 21,404 49,393 50,904 32,653 33,449 51,175 52,455

Want a job(1)

6,624 6,446 2,084 1,831 2,852 3,010 1,687 1,605 2,851 2,860 3,773 3,586

Did not search for work in previous year

3,752 3,812 1,156 1,074 1,509 1,637 1,088 1,101 1,522 1,566 2,231 2,246

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

2,871 2,634 929 757 1,343 1,373 600 504 1,329 1,294 1,542 1,340

Not available to work now

693 707 238 221 358 376 97 109 260 277 434 429

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,178 1,927 691 535 984 997 503 394 1,069 1,017 1,108 911

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

741 668 208 187 287 327 245 153 444 377 297 291

Reasons other than discouragement

1,437 1,259 482 348 697 670 257 241 626 639 811 620

Family responsibilities

244 217 36 24 151 169 57 25 57 70 187 148

In school or training

201 135 116 81 84 40 0 14 116 66 85 69

Ill health or disability

154 157 19 28 74 58 61 72 59 91 95 66

Other(5)

839 750 311 215 388 404 139 131 395 413 444 337

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: August 07, 2015