Average duration of unemployment in the United States from 1990 to 2017 (in weeks)

Average duration of unemployment in the U.S. 1990-2017 This statistic displays the average duration of unemployment in the USA. In 1990, the average duration of unemployment was 12 weeks. The duration increased to 25 weeks in 2017. For monthly updates on unemployment in the United States, check either the monthly national unemployment rate here, or the monthly state unemployment rate here.
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Duration in weeks
'9012
'9113.7
'9217.7
'9318
'9418.8
'9516.6
'9616.7
'9715.8
'9814.5
'9913.4
'0012.6
'0113.1
'0216.6
'0319.2
'0419.6
'0518.4
'0616.8
'0716.8
'0817.9
'0924.4
'1033
'1139.3
'1239.4
'1336.5
'1433.7
'1529.2
'1627.5
'1725
Duration in weeks
'9012
'9113.7
'9217.7
'9318
'9418.8
'9516.6
'9616.7
'9715.8
'9814.5
'9913.4
'0012.6
'0113.1
'0216.6
'0319.2
'0419.6
'0518.4
'0616.8
'0716.8
'0817.9
'0924.4
'1033
'1139.3
'1239.4
'1336.5
'1433.7
'1529.2
'1627.5
'1725
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This statistic displays the average duration of unemployment in the USA. In 1990, the average duration of unemployment was 12 weeks. The duration increased to 25 weeks in 2017. For monthly updates on unemployment in the United States, check either the monthly national unemployment rate here, or the monthly state unemployment rate here.
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Release date
January 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2017
Age group
16 years and older
Supplementary notes
Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

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