In 2012, the Northeast census region had the highest percentage of unemployed persons who were jobless for 27 weeks and over (43.5 percent). The Midwest region had the lowest percentage of persons unemployed for 27 weeks and over (38.6 percent) and the highest percentage unemployed for less than 5 weeks (22.5 percent).
|Duration of unemployment||Census region|
Less than 5 weeks
5 to 14 weeks
15 to 26 weeks
27 weeks and over
Among race or ethnicity groups in 2012, unemployed Asians in the West census region had the longest average duration of unemployment (48.5 weeks), while Asians in the Midwest region had the shortest average duration of unemployment (32.1 weeks). Among unemployed persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, those in the Midwest region experienced the shortest average duration of unemployment (33.1 weeks); those in the Northeast region experienced the longest average duration of unemployment (39.6 weeks).
|Race or ethnicity||Census region|
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
In 2012, unemployed Whites in the Midwest and South census regions experienced around the same average duration of unemployment (36.3 and 36.7 weeks, respectively). Among race or ethnicity groups in the Northeast and Midwest census regions, unemployed Blacks or African Americans had the longest duration of unemployment at 46.8 and 42.6 weeks, respectively.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, In Northeast, 43.5 percent of unemployed were jobless for 27+ weeks in 2012 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130905.htm (visited September 24, 2023).