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Persons not in the labor force, selected indicators

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Persons not in the labor force, selected indicators, seasonally adjusted
(Numbers in thousands)
Month Marginally attached Discouraged

July 2002

1,506 382

Aug 2002

1,451 384

Sept 2002

1,506 418

Oct 2002

1,431 370

Nov 2002

1,451 391

Dec 2002

1,467 401

Jan 2003

1,461 428

Feb 2003

1,501 439

Mar 2003

1,577 463

Apr 2003

1,451 433

May 2003

1,495 511

June 2003

1,484 475

July 2003

1,560 444

Aug 2003

1,650 510

Sept 2003

1,557 414

Oct 2003

1,599 476

Nov 2003

1,527 464

Dec 2003

1,521 431

Jan 2004

1,525 412

Feb 2004

1,601 472

Mar 2004

1,646 502

Apr 2004

1,586 488

May 2004

1,607 505

June 2004

1,500 475

July 2004

1,548 475

Aug 2004

1,568 541

Sept 2004

1,585 441

Oct 2004

1,657 442

Nov 2004

1,572 397

Dec 2004

1,500 440

Jan 2005

1,642 491

Feb 2005

1,591 473

Mar 2005

1,597 470

Apr 2005

1,573 389

May 2005

1,498 417

June 2005

1,580 473

July 2005

1,503 471

Aug 2005

1,560 389

Sept 2005

1,469 387

Oct 2005

1,421 404

Nov 2005

1,464 408

Dec 2005

1,627 448

Jan 2006

1,494 377

Feb 2006

1,405 377

Mar 2006

1,486 443

Apr 2006

1,364 378

May 2006

1,457 344

June 2006

1,571 477

July 2006

1,504 404

Aug 2006

1,570 454

Sept 2006

1,332 347

Oct 2006

1,483 340

Nov 2006

1,409 352

Dec 2006

1,281 273

Jan 2007

1,434 421

Feb 2007

1,389 366

Mar 2007

1,412 375

Apr 2007

1,447 395

May 2007

1,476 393

June 2007

1,438 398

July 2007

1,356 346

Aug 2007

1,350 398

Sept 2007

1,300 295

Oct 2007

1,366 329

Nov 2007

1,402 351

Dec 2007

1,371 361

Jan 2008

1,574 444

Feb 2008

1,520 386

Mar 2008

1,387 396

Apr 2008

1,469 408

May 2008

1,491 428

June 2008

1,541 417

July 2008

1,547 435

Aug 2008

1,629 386

Sept 2008

1,636 499

Oct 2008

1,636 496

Nov 2008

1,995 610

Dec 2008

1,932 636

Jan 2009

1,949 700

Feb 2009

1,972 712

Mar 2009

2,172 679

Apr 2009

2,169 732

May 2009

2,338 850

June 2009

2,154 789

July 2009

2,237 751

Aug 2009

2,265 769

Sept 2009

2,254 753

Oct 2009

2,370 827

Nov 2009

2,370 861

Dec 2009

2,494 918

Jan 2010

2,331 1,016

Feb 2010

2,433 1,175

Mar 2010

2,336 987

Apr 2010

2,524 1,186

May 2010

2,365 1,165

June 2010

2,567 1,202

July 2010

2,563 1,117

Aug 2010

2,376 1,125

Sept 2010

2,576 1,287

Oct 2010

2,599 1,243

Nov 2010

2,573 1,279

Dec 2010

2,598 1,301

Jan 2011

2,576 950

Feb 2011

2,630 996

Mar 2011

2,529 917

Apr 2011

2,562 980

May 2011

2,357 887

June 2011

2,661 979

July 2011

2,719 1,054

Aug 2011

2,588 989

Sept 2011

2,528 1,102

Oct 2011

2,554 984

Nov 2011

2,627 1,091

Dec 2011

2,512 932

Jan 2012

2,589 1,014

Feb 2012

2,517 983

Mar 2012

2,447 863

Apr 2012

2,456 959

May 2012

2,590 898

June 2012

2,473 820

July 2012

2,471 802

Aug 2012

2,580 854

Sept 2012

2,523 851

Oct 2012

2,436 825

Nov 2012

2,537 973

Dec 2012

2,569 1,053

Jan 2013

2,254 771

Feb 2013

2,504 866

Mar 2013

2,418 802

Apr 2013

2,438 828

May 2013

2,313 846

June 2013

2,584 1,027

July 2013

2,363 929

Aug 2013

2,368 875

Sept 2013

2,296 904

Oct 2013

2,287 825

Nov 2013

2,121 757

Dec 2013

2,375 904

Jan 2014

2,390 803

Feb 2014

2,233 740

Mar 2014

2,252 698

Apr 2014

2,243 776

May 2014

2,275 757

June 2014

2,042 677

July 2014

2,133 696

Aug 2014

2,174 783

Sept 2014

2,210 740

Oct 2014

2,195 777

Nov 2014

2,126 693

Dec 2014

2,208 730

Jan 2015

2,063 666

Feb 2015

2,104 724

Mar 2015

2,139 755

Apr 2015

2,196 744

May 2015

1,981 636

June 2015

1,913 658

July 2015

1,879 629

Aug 2015

1,822 611

Sept 2015

1,913 665

Oct 2015

1,931 652

Nov 2015

1,731 580

Dec 2015

1,804 660

Jan 2016

1,934 606

Feb 2016

1,744 580

Mar 2016

1,788 605

Apr 2016

1,792 557

May 2016

1,827 596

June 2016

1,766 504

July 2016

1,901 554

Aug 2016

1,716 578

Sept 2016

1,844 582

Oct 2016

1,720 482

Nov 2016

1,948 574

Dec 2016

1,660 423

Jan 2017

1,622 513

Feb 2017

1,673 510

Mar 2017

1,656 485

Apr 2017

1,607 444

May 2017

1,552 408

June 2017

1,569 507

July 2017

1,583 496

Aug 2017

1,562 457

Sept 2017

1,572 454

Oct 2017

1,564 515

Nov 2017

1,490 450

Dec 2017

1,596 470

Jan 2018

1,532 432

Feb 2018

1,556 362

Mar 2018

1,510 476

Apr 2018

1,429 398

May 2018

1,526 428

June 2018

1,421 348

July 2018

1,456 472

Aug 2018

1,454 445

Sept 2018

1,583 418

Oct 2018

1,525 497

Nov 2018

1,689 434

Dec 2018

1,530 373

Jan 2019

1,498 407

Feb 2019

1,383 417

Mar 2019

1,409 441

Apr 2019

1,488 444

May 2019

1,458 385

June 2019

1,547 408

July 2019

1,435 327

Aug 2019

1,574 480

Sept 2019

1,308 359

Oct 2019

1,262 334

Nov 2019

1,256 306

Dec 2019

1,225 275

Jan 2020

1,359 331

Feb 2020

1,450 411

Mar 2020

1,433 546

Apr 2020

2,323 574

May 2020

2,388 642

June 2020

2,443 661

July 2020

1,964 660

Aug 2020

2,101 570

Sept 2020

1,935 595

Oct 2020

1,978 589

Nov 2020

2,086 654

Dec 2020

2,157 657

Jan 2021

1,908 617

Feb 2021

1,885 520

Mar 2021

1,852 522

Apr 2021

1,853 562

May 2021

1,946 592

June 2021

1,822 605

July 2021

1,861 498

Aug 2021

1,576 389

Sept 2021

1,745 450

Oct 2021

1,685 455

Nov 2021

1,610 451

Dec 2021

1,639 463

Jan 2022

1,526 408

Feb 2022

1,471 391

Mar 2022

1,360 373

Apr 2022

1,622 456

May 2022

1,472 415

June 2022

1,504 364

July 2022

1,545 424