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
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2014
16 to 24
years
25 to 54
years
55 years
and over
Men Women
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2014

Total not in the labor force

90,632 92,543 17,639 17,720 23,441 23,668 49,553 51,155 36,048 36,999 54,585 55,545

Do not want a job now(1)

84,858 86,536 15,958 15,903 20,841 21,134 48,058 49,498 33,492 34,304 51,366 52,232

Want a job(1)

5,775 6,007 1,681 1,817 2,599 2,534 1,495 1,656 2,556 2,695 3,219 3,312

Did not search for work in previous year

2,943 3,189 788 858 1,239 1,324 916 1,006 1,260 1,357 1,682 1,831

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

2,832 2,818 893 959 1,360 1,210 579 650 1,296 1,337 1,537 1,481

Not available to work now

530 593 189 239 273 277 68 76 171 236 359 356

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

2,302 2,226 704 720 1,087 933 511 573 1,124 1,101 1,178 1,125

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

852 698 186 163 471 306 195 230 462 438 391 260

Reasons other than discouragement

1,450 1,527 518 557 616 627 315 343 663 663 787 864

Family responsibilities

215 266 39 55 121 146 55 65 51 73 164 193

In school or training

324 307 256 254 67 44 1 9 150 166 174 140

Ill health or disability

157 173 12 10 78 87 67 76 71 89 86 84

Other(5)

754 782 212 238 350 351 193 193 390 334 363 448

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: October 03, 2014