Patterns of Unemployment

Breaking Down Unemployment in Other Ways

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also gives information about the reasons for unemployment, as well as the length of time individuals have been unemployed. Table, for example, shows the four reasons for unemployment and the percentages of the currently unemployed that fall into each category. Table shows the length of unemployment. For both of these, the data is from January 2017.(bls.gov)

Reason Percentage
New Entrants 10.8%
Re-entrants 28.7%
Job Leavers 11.4%
Job Losers: Temporary 14.0%
Job Losers: Non Temporary 35.1%
Reasons for Unemployment, January 2017
Length of Time Percentage
Under 5 weeks 32.5%
5 to 14 weeks 27.5%
15 to 26 weeks 15.7%
Over 27 weeks 27.4%
Length of Unemployment, January 2017

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