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How long before the unemployed find jobs or quit looking?

Chart 3. Share of the unemployed who were jobless for 27 weeks and over who became employed or left the labor force in the subsequent month, not seasonally adjusted 12-month moving average, January 1995–December 2010
Month Became employed Left the labor force

Jan 1995

16.11 26.44

Feb 1995

16.55 26.60

Mar 1995

16.14 26.84

Apr 1995

15.88 26.63

May 1995

15.65 26.91

Jun 1995

15.97 27.02

Jul 1995

16.18 27.19

Aug 1995

16.14 27.68

Sep 1995

16.21 28.05

Oct 1995

16.12 28.40

Nov 1995

16.11 28.05

Dec 1995

15.96 28.13

Jan 1996

15.75 28.43

Feb 1996

15.56 28.60

Mar 1996

15.70 28.30

Apr 1996

15.77 28.58

May 1996

15.75 28.24

Jun 1996

15.09 27.84

Jul 1996

14.72 27.38

Aug 1996

14.85 26.74

Sep 1996

14.33 26.58

Oct 1996

14.51 25.98

Nov 1996

14.48 26.39

Dec 1996

14.56 26.28

Jan 1997

14.62 25.93

Feb 1997

14.89 25.49

Mar 1997

15.09 25.64

Apr 1997

14.85 26.30

May 1997

15.57 26.30

Jun 1997

15.61 26.38

Jul 1997

15.89 26.64

Aug 1997

15.74 26.95

Sep 1997

15.56 26.81

Oct 1997

15.36 27.29

Nov 1997

15.27 27.09

Dec 1997

15.48 26.80

Jan 1998

15.53 27.42

Feb 1998

15.25 27.70

Mar 1998

15.51 27.70

Apr 1998

15.90 27.16

May 1998

15.75 27.18

Jun 1998

16.32 27.32

Jul 1998

16.20 27.44

Aug 1998

16.21 27.54

Sep 1998

16.57 27.74

Oct 1998

17.11 27.72

Nov 1998

17.54 28.18

Dec 1998

17.40 28.60

Jan 1999

17.74 28.09

Feb 1999

17.94 28.38

Mar 1999

17.48 29.55

Apr 1999

17.64 29.68

May 1999

17.31 30.44

Jun 1999

17.80 29.76

Jul 1999

18.34 29.85

Aug 1999

18.27 30.25

Sep 1999

18.96 29.93

Oct 1999

17.86 30.70

Nov 1999

17.76 31.37

Dec 1999

17.86 31.20

Jan 2000

17.89 30.49

Feb 2000

18.06 30.37

Mar 2000

18.28 29.68

Apr 2000

18.65 29.77

May 2000

18.71 29.68

Jun 2000

18.27 30.58

Jul 2000

18.08 30.11

Aug 2000

18.18 30.29

Sep 2000

18.35 30.48

Oct 2000

19.38 29.59

Nov 2000

19.64 28.69

Dec 2000

19.76 28.85

Jan 2001

19.52 29.16

Feb 2001

19.13 28.78

Mar 2001

18.92 28.78

Apr 2001

18.18 29.11

May 2001

18.10 28.85

Jun 2001

17.72 28.25

Jul 2001

17.16 28.97

Aug 2001

17.42 28.36

Sep 2001

16.85 28.63

Oct 2001

16.33 28.60

Nov 2001

15.99 28.38

Dec 2001

15.84 27.52

Jan 2002

15.77 27.54

Feb 2002

16.43 27.26

Mar 2002

16.65 26.23

Apr 2002

17.03 25.02

May 2002

16.87 24.58

Jun 2002

16.65 24.30

Jul 2002

16.44 23.95

Aug 2002

16.26 23.30

Sep 2002

15.87 22.51

Oct 2002

16.08 22.40

Nov 2002

15.84 22.09

Dec 2002

15.62 22.12

Jan 2003

15.73 22.21

Feb 2003

14.90 22.19

Mar 2003

14.85 22.60

Apr 2003

14.42 22.82

May 2003

14.25 22.78

Jun 2003

14.13 22.54

Jul 2003

14.07 22.24

Aug 2003

13.82 22.56

Sep 2003

14.00 22.54

Oct 2003

14.11 22.52

Nov 2003

13.96 22.26

Dec 2003

14.31 22.27

Jan 2004

14.25 22.05

Feb 2004

14.15 22.28

Mar 2004

14.05 22.16

Apr 2004

14.51 22.32

May 2004

14.58 21.89

Jun 2004

15.03 22.29

Jul 2004

15.48 22.59

Aug 2004

15.55 22.40

Sep 2004

15.71 22.69

Oct 2004

15.42 22.85

Nov 2004

15.44 23.14

Dec 2004

15.36 23.44

Jan 2005

15.32 23.59

Feb 2005

15.54 23.51

Mar 2005

15.56 23.70

Apr 2005

15.58 23.59

May 2005

15.57 24.05

Jun 2005

15.49 24.36

Jul 2005

15.47 24.22

Aug 2005

15.77 24.27

Sep 2005

15.63 23.87

Oct 2005

15.68 23.81

Nov 2005

15.94 24.12

Dec 2005

15.72 24.62

Jan 2006

15.79 25.34

Feb 2006

15.89 25.46

Mar 2006

15.81 25.54

Apr 2006

15.31 25.97

May 2006

15.88 25.90

Jun 2006

16.00 26.30

Jul 2006

16.03 26.44

Aug 2006

15.93 26.63

Sep 2006

16.18 27.27

Oct 2006

16.14 27.74

Nov 2006

15.83 27.94

Dec 2006

16.23 27.46

Jan 2007

16.35 27.03

Feb 2007

16.18 27.59

Mar 2007

16.53 27.45

Apr 2007

16.95 27.23

May 2007

16.38 28.04

Jun 2007

16.13 27.70

Jul 2007

16.02 27.51

Aug 2007

15.84 27.63

Sep 2007

15.50 27.52

Oct 2007

15.56 27.23

Nov 2007

15.87 26.94

Dec 2007

15.58 27.12

Jan 2008

15.55 26.83

Feb 2008

15.66 26.32

Mar 2008

15.45 26.55

Apr 2008

15.22 26.69

May 2008

15.08 26.28

Jun 2008

14.88 25.73

Jul 2008

14.59 25.75

Aug 2008

14.16 25.44

Sep 2008

14.01 25.43

Oct 2008

13.68 25.09

Nov 2008

13.42 24.94

Dec 2008

13.15 24.55

Jan 2009

12.72 24.29

Feb 2009

12.19 24.13

Mar 2009

11.54 23.77

Apr 2009

11.13 23.14

May 2009

10.80 22.64

Jun 2009

10.70 22.48

Jul 2009

10.65 21.87

Aug 2009

10.52 21.61

Sep 2009

10.12 20.83

Oct 2009

9.96 20.43

Nov 2009

9.82 19.94

Dec 2009

9.72 19.62

Jan 2010

9.57 19.33

Feb 2010

9.55 18.96

Mar 2010

9.65 18.70

Apr 2010

9.77 18.53

May 2010

9.94 18.30

Jun 2010

9.76 18.35

Jul 2010

9.90 18.46

Aug 2010

10.01 18.34

Sep 2010

10.26 18.44

Oct 2010

10.21 18.53

Nov 2010

10.19 18.60

Dec 2010

10.31 18.67

NOTE: Shaded areas represent recessions as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Duration is based on the number of weeks unemployed in the month before becoming employed or leaving the labor force and, therefore, is somewhat understated.

These data featured in the Issues in Labor Statistics article, How long before the unemployed find jobs or quit looking?.

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