February 15, 2006
The percentage of unemployed persons who had lost their jobs or completed temporary jobs dropped to 48.3 percent in 2005 from 51.5 percent in 2004.
The share of unemployed increased in each of the other categories shown on the chart. Reentrants accounted for 31.4 percent of the unemployed in 2005, up from 29.5 percent the year before. Job leavers made up 11.5 percent of the unemployed last year, compared with 10.5 percent in 2004. The share accounted for by new entrants was 8.8 percent in 2005, compared with 8.4 percent in the prior year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Reason for unemployment, 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/feb/wk2/art03.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.