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

Total not in the labor force

92,349 92,916 15,426 15,346 24,414 23,919 52,509 53,651 36,309 36,409 56,041 56,507

Do not want a job now(1)

85,904 86,672 13,596 13,451 21,404 21,122 50,904 52,099 33,449 33,504 52,455 53,168

Want a job(1)

6,446 6,244 1,831 1,895 3,010 2,798 1,605 1,552 2,860 2,905 3,586 3,339

Did not search for work in previous year

3,812 3,713 1,074 1,068 1,637 1,600 1,101 1,046 1,566 1,604 2,246 2,109

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

2,634 2,530 757 826 1,373 1,198 504 506 1,294 1,301 1,340 1,230

Not available to work now

707 580 221 217 376 270 109 94 277 230 429 351

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,927 1,950 535 610 997 928 394 412 1,017 1,071 911 879

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

668 591 187 139 327 283 153 169 377 358 291 233

Reasons other than discouragement

1,259 1,359 348 471 670 645 241 243 639 713 620 646

Family responsibilities

217 189 24 26 169 122 25 40 70 65 148 124

In school or training

135 177 81 144 40 33 14 0 66 100 69 78

Ill health or disability

157 131 28 18 58 68 72 45 91 85 66 46

Other(5)

750 862 215 282 404 423 131 157 413 463 337 398

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 05, 2016