Long-Term Unemployment by State

Data measuring the duration of unemployment serves as one indicator of the extent to which job seekers are finding work.

Numbers of long-term unemployed, or those out of work for 27 or more weeks, skyrocketed during the recession, exceeding six million in 2010. Although that figure has since dropped, levels of long-term unemployment remain elevated in states. Last year, long-term unemployment, as a percentage of total unemployment, was highest in Florida, New Jersey and New Mexico.

The following table shows 2014 annual averages, along with average durations of unemployment, for each state:

SOURCE: Governing calculations 2014 annual averages published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

State Trends

Select a state to view the most recent data and historical estimates for the long-term unemployed, or those who have sought employment for at least 27 weeks.


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Numbers of long-term unemployed remain high in most states.