Two-Thirds of Workers Displaced From 2015 to 2017 Were Reemployed in January 2018

From January 2015 through December 2017, there were 3.0 million workers displaced from jobs they had held for at least 3 years. In January 2018, 66 percent of these long-tenured displaced workers were reemployed, about the same as in January 2016. Fourteen percent of displaced workers in January 2018 were unemployed (that is, actively seeking work), and 19 percent were not in the labor force. The reemployment rate in January 2018 was highest for workers displaced from jobs in health care and social assistance.

For most major industry groups, reemployment rates in January 2018 were not statistically different from January 2016. The reemployment rate for workers displaced from the information industry, however, declined from January 2016, making them the least likely to be reemployed in January 2018 (47 percent). Reemployed workers did not necessarily work in the same industries as the one from which they were displaced.