People not in the Labor Force

There are over 93,621,000 (unadjusted) individuals excluded from the labor force and the unemployment statistics - Participation rate edges ups

Among the 93.6 million plus individuals excluded from the labor force in June 2017, there were 514,000 discouraged workers - an increase of 12,000 from prior year in June. This is a significant improvement.

There are 87,895 who just do not want work at all. That is an increase 733,000 from June of last year.

People not in labor force

What does all of that mean. It just means there are a significant number of individuals who just do not want to work. The categories for classification are:

  • Total not in the labor force - individuals not included in the total labor force and excluded completely from the total unemployment rat
  • Do not want a job now - individuals who if given a job opportunity now would not take it
  • Want a job - individuals who if given a job would take it
  • Did not search for work in previous year - individuals who have just stopped looking for work over 12 months ago.
  • Searched for work in previous year - individuals who have actively looked for work in the past 12 months
  • Not available to work now - have other commitments and can not accept or do not want to accept a job now.
  • Marginally attached (available to work now) - working part time
    Discouraged over job prospects - Are discouraged about the opportunity to find a job
    • Reasons other than discouragement
      • Family responsibilities
      • In school or training
      • Ill health or disability
      • Other
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