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
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2016
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2016
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2016
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2016
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2016
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2016

Total not in the labor force

93,762 93,914 18,079 17,743 23,892 23,246 51,791 52,925 37,509 37,729 56,253 56,185

Do not want a job now(1)

87,697 88,468 16,276 16,163 21,337 20,934 50,083 51,371 34,598 35,277 53,099 53,190

Want a job(1)

6,065 5,446 1,803 1,580 2,554 2,312 1,708 1,554 2,911 2,451 3,154 2,995

Did not search for work in previous year

3,320 3,114 934 774 1,302 1,265 1,083 1,075 1,552 1,301 1,769 1,812

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

2,745 2,332 868 806 1,252 1,047 625 479 1,360 1,150 1,386 1,182

Not available to work now

690 613 300 258 316 256 75 98 276 247 414 366

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,055 1,720 569 548 936 791 550 381 1,083 903 972 816

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

738 585 171 146 338 303 229 136 485 361 254 224

Reasons other than discouragement

1,317 1,135 397 402 599 488 321 245 599 542 718 592

Family responsibilities

144 167 12 27 90 99 42 41 32 49 112 119

In school or training

204 195 169 149 29 46 5 0 93 116 111 79

Ill health or disability

184 150 11 11 66 52 107 87 82 88 102 62

Other(5)

785 623 205 215 413 292 167 116 391 290 394 333

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: April 01, 2016