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

Total not in the labor force

92,380 93,262 15,682 15,703 24,215 23,838 52,482 53,721 36,571 36,638 55,809 56,625

Do not want a job now(1)

85,819 87,162 13,344 13,608 21,599 21,374 50,875 52,180 33,562 33,874 52,257 53,288

Want a job(1)

6,561 6,101 2,338 2,096 2,616 2,464 1,607 1,541 3,009 2,764 3,552 3,336

Did not search for work in previous year

3,883 3,538 1,423 1,181 1,414 1,276 1,046 1,082 1,755 1,541 2,128 1,997

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

2,678 2,562 915 915 1,202 1,188 561 459 1,254 1,223 1,424 1,340

Not available to work now

764 784 386 342 326 357 52 85 356 326 408 458

Marginally attached (available to work now)(3)

1,914 1,779 530 573 876 831 509 375 898 897 1,016 882

Discouraged over job prospects(4)

653 502 170 132 320 232 163 139 384 294 269 208

Reasons other than discouragement

1,261 1,277 360 441 555 600 346 236 514 603 747 674

Family responsibilities

222 204 28 28 126 139 68 37 54 66 168 138

In school or training

216 218 142 189 71 29 3 0 88 126 128 92

Ill health or disability

189 110 9 15 67 41 112 54 75 67 114 43

Other(5)

635 745 181 209 292 391 162 144 297 343 338 402

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: July 08, 2016