Long-term Unemployed Account for 18.5 Percent of Total Unemployed in September 2022

The number of long-term unemployed (e.g., those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 1.1 million in September 2022. The long-term unemployed accounted for 18.5% of all unemployed people in September 2022, down from 34.8% in September 2021.

The share of those unemployed for less than five weeks was 37.4% in September 2022, while the share of those unemployed for five to 14 weeks was 28.5%.

In September 2022, those who were jobless for 15 to 26 weeks accounted for 15.6% of all unemployed people. This is the largest share since November 2020, when this duration made up 17.5% of the unemployed.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. See “The Employment Situation — September 2022” to learn more. Also see charts of Employment Situation data.