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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.
2014
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2014
Dec.
2014
Jan.
2015
Feb.
2015
Mar.
2015

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

3.7 2.7 2.6 3.4 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.4

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

3.7 3.0 2.9 3.5 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.7

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

6.8 5.8 5.6 6.6 5.8 5.6 5.7 5.5 5.5

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

7.2 6.3 6.0 7.1 6.2 6.0 6.1 6.0 5.9

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

8.1 7.1 6.8 7.9 7.1 6.9 7.0 6.8 6.7

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

12.8 11.4 11.0 12.6 11.4 11.2 11.3 11.0 10.9

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 03, 2015
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