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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
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HOUSEHOLD DATA
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-10. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration 2016 2017 2018 2019
3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,381 2,394 2,402 2,253 2,213 2,213 2,331 2,119 2,119 2,105 2,215 2,004 2,092

5 to 14 weeks

2,290 2,197 2,084 1,985 1,993 1,953 1,935 1,915 1,763 1,905 1,879 1,744 1,778

15 weeks and over

3,118 3,054 2,870 2,718 2,737 2,488 2,320 2,274 2,288 2,185 2,207 2,121 2,094

15 to 26 weeks

1,155 1,154 1,109 1,038 1,010 909 931 949 916 874 931 807 853

27 weeks and over

1,963 1,900 1,761 1,680 1,727 1,579 1,389 1,325 1,372 1,312 1,276 1,314 1,241

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

27.3 26.1 25.2 24.8 25.2 24.8 23.7 21.9 23.3 21.9 21.5 23.1 21.2

Median duration, in weeks

10.6 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.2 9.4 9.3 9.4 9.4 9.2 9.3 9.3 9.1

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

30.6 31.3 32.7 32.4 31.9 33.3 35.4 33.6 34.3 34.0 35.2 34.1 35.1

5 to 14 weeks

29.4 28.7 28.3 28.5 28.7 29.4 29.4 30.4 28.6 30.7 29.8 29.7 29.8

15 weeks and over

40.0 39.9 39.0 39.1 39.4 37.4 35.2 36.0 37.1 35.3 35.0 36.1 35.1

15 to 26 weeks

14.8 15.1 15.1 14.9 14.5 13.7 14.1 15.0 14.8 14.1 14.8 13.8 14.3

27 weeks and over

25.2 24.8 23.9 24.1 24.9 23.7 21.1 21.0 22.2 21.2 20.2 22.4 20.8

Footnotes
(1) Beginning in January 2011, this series reflects a change to the collection of data on unemployment duration. For more information, see https://www.bls.gov/cps/duration.htm.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: October 04, 2019