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Table A-12. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment

HOUSEHOLD DATA
Table A-12. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment
[Numbers in thousands]
Duration Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
Sept.
2011
Aug.
2012
Sept.
2012
Sept.
2011
May
2012
June
2012
July
2012
Aug.
2012
Sept.
2012

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Less than 5 weeks

2,760 2,809 2,539 2,743 2,580 2,810 2,711 2,844 2,542

5 to 14 weeks

2,726 3,218 2,660 2,902 3,002 2,826 3,092 2,868 2,826

15 weeks and over

8,034 6,669 6,542 8,227 7,073 7,182 6,945 6,878 6,703

15 to 26 weeks

1,816 1,636 1,708 2,029 1,662 1,811 1,760 1,845 1,860

27 weeks and over

6,217 5,033 4,835 6,197 5,411 5,370 5,185 5,033 4,844

Average (mean) duration, in weeks(1)

41.0 38.7 40.2 40.4 39.7 39.9 38.8 39.2 39.8

Median duration, in weeks

22.2 16.8 18.9 21.8 20.1 19.8 16.7 18.0 18.5

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Less than 5 weeks

20.4 22.1 21.6 19.8 20.4 21.9 21.3 22.6 21.1

5 to 14 weeks

20.2 25.3 22.7 20.9 23.7 22.0 24.3 22.8 23.4

15 weeks and over

59.4 52.5 55.7 59.3 55.9 56.0 54.5 54.6 55.5

15 to 26 weeks

13.4 12.9 14.5 14.6 13.1 14.1 13.8 14.7 15.4

27 weeks and over

46.0 39.6 41.2 44.7 42.8 41.9 40.7 40.0 40.1

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

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

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Last Modified Date: March 11, 2021