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

Total not in the labor force

93,712 94,481 18,238 17,932 23,752 23,574 51,722 52,975 37,473 37,890 56,238 56,592

Do not want a job now(1)

87,616 88,810 16,156 16,093 21,294 21,227 50,166 51,491 34,677 35,232 52,939 53,578

Want a job(1)

6,096 5,671 2,082 1,840 2,459 2,347 1,556 1,484 2,796 2,658 3,300 3,014

Did not search for work in previous year

3,144 3,262 1,094 1,028 1,130 1,250 920 984 1,349 1,488 1,794 1,774

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

2,952 2,409 988 812 1,328 1,097 636 500 1,447 1,169 1,505 1,240

Not available to work now

837 695 463 343 296 291 77 60 350 300 486 395

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,115 1,715 525 469 1,032 806 559 440 1,096 870 1,019 845

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

756 568 161 139 384 284 211 145 450 369 306 199

Reasons other than discouragement

1,360 1,146 364 330 648 521 348 295 646 500 713 646

Family responsibilities

231 205 11 20 143 129 76 55 62 23 169 182

In school or training

224 220 161 174 54 36 9 11 110 127 114 93

Ill health or disability

175 164 16 12 71 67 87 85 101 89 73 75

Other(5)

729 557 175 123 379 289 176 145 373 261 356 296

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: May 06, 2016