Average duration of unemployment in the United States from 1990 to 2018 (in weeks)

Average duration of unemployment in the U.S. 1990-2018 This statistic displays the average duration of unemployment in the United States from 1990 to 2018, in weeks. In 1990, the average duration of unemployment was 12 weeks. The duration increased to 22.7 weeks in 2018. 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
'1822.7
'1725
'1627.5
'1529.2
'1433.7
'1336.5
'1239.4
'1139.3
'1033
'0924.4
'0817.9
'0716.8
'0616.8
'0518.4
'0419.6
'0319.2
'0216.6
'0113.1
'0012.6
'9913.4
'9814.5
'9715.8
'9616.7
'9516.6
'9418.8
'9318
'9217.7
'9113.7
'9012
Duration in weeks
'1822.7
'1725
'1627.5
'1529.2
'1433.7
'1336.5
'1239.4
'1139.3
'1033
'0924.4
'0817.9
'0716.8
'0616.8
'0518.4
'0419.6
'0319.2
'0216.6
'0113.1
'0012.6
'9913.4
'9814.5
'9715.8
'9616.7
'9516.6
'9418.8
'9318
'9217.7
'9113.7
'9012
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This statistic displays the average duration of unemployment in the United States from 1990 to 2018, in weeks. In 1990, the average duration of unemployment was 12 weeks. The duration increased to 22.7 weeks in 2018. 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 2019
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2018
Age group
16 years and older
Supplementary notes
Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

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