HOUSEHOLD DATA
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
QUARTERLY AVERAGES
E-18. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration Total White Black or African
American
Asian Hispanic or Latino
4th
2016
4th
2017
4th
2016
4th
2017
4th
2016
4th
2017
4th
2016
4th
2017
4th
2016
4th
2017

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Total unemployed

7,228 6,269 5,020 4,249 1,570 1,406 290 270 1,526 1,295

Less than 5 weeks

2,223 2,062 1,637 1,489 398 376 82 67 545 458

5 to 14 weeks

2,041 1,813 1,401 1,275 455 361 83 81 449 390

15 weeks and over

2,964 2,394 1,983 1,485 717 669 125 123 533 447

15 to 26 weeks

1,131 878 780 559 245 234 59 44 199 171

27 weeks and over

1,833 1,515 1,202 926 472 435 66 79 334 276

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

26.9 25.6 26.1 23.7 30.6 30.1 23.1 38.0 22.7 21.9

Median duration, in weeks

10.5 9.5 9.9 8.7 12.7 13.4 11.9 12.9 8.5 8.8

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

30.8 32.9 32.6 35.0 25.4 26.7 28.2 24.6 35.7 35.4

5 to 14 weeks

28.2 28.9 27.9 30.0 29.0 25.7 28.7 29.8 29.4 30.1

15 weeks and over

41.0 38.2 39.5 35.0 45.7 47.6 43.2 45.6 34.9 34.5

15 to 26 weeks

15.6 14.0 15.5 13.2 15.6 16.7 20.5 16.3 13.0 13.2

27 weeks and over

25.4 24.2 24.0 21.8 30.0 30.9 22.7 29.2 21.9 21.3

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: Estimates for the above race groups (White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

 

Last Modified Date: January 05, 2018