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Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization

HOUSEHOLD DATA
Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization
[Percent]
Measure Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
Mar.
2013
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Mar.
2013
Nov.
2013
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force

4.3 3.6 3.7 4.1 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.5

U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force

4.3 3.9 3.7 4.1 3.7 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5

U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate)

7.6 7.0 6.8 7.5 7.0 6.7 6.6 6.7 6.7

U-4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers

8.1 7.5 7.2 8.0 7.4 7.2 7.1 7.2 7.1

U-5 Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other persons marginally attached to the labor force, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force

9.0 8.4 8.1 8.9 8.2 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.0

U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force

13.9 13.1 12.8 13.8 13.1 13.1 12.7 12.6 12.7

NOTE: Persons marginally attached to the labor force are those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not currently looking for work. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

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Last Modified Date: April 04, 2014
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