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

Total not in the labor force

92,736 94,374 17,288 17,366 23,553 23,601 51,894 53,407 36,907 37,792 55,829 56,582

Do not want a job now(1)

86,200 87,926 14,739 14,950 21,109 21,141 50,352 51,835 33,938 34,731 52,263 53,195

Want a job(1)

6,536 6,449 2,549 2,416 2,444 2,460 1,543 1,573 2,969 3,061 3,567 3,388

Did not search for work in previous year

3,711 3,807 1,489 1,389 1,246 1,341 975 1,077 1,666 1,746 2,045 2,060

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

2,825 2,642 1,060 1,027 1,198 1,119 567 496 1,303 1,314 1,522 1,327

Not available to work now

962 929 539 515 353 312 70 101 385 418 577 511

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,862 1,713 521 512 845 807 497 394 918 896 945 817

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

563 538 122 114 257 261 184 163 327 339 236 199

Reasons other than discouragement

1,300 1,175 399 398 588 546 313 231 591 557 709 617

Family responsibilities

201 205 26 37 102 143 73 26 46 60 155 145

In school or training

280 201 193 147 78 39 8 15 131 106 149 95

Ill health or disability

166 132 20 16 73 63 73 53 74 51 92 81

Other(5)

653 636 160 199 335 301 158 136 341 340 312 296

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: June 03, 2016