Shift-share analyses of long-term unemployment shares, 2010

Effect of demographic distribution* Effect of being Asian within categories**
Population Analysis Asian American long-term unemployment share Share with white distribution Percentage-point change Asian American long-term unemployment share Share with Asian distribution but white share Percentage-point change
25 years and over Education 53.8% 58.1% 4.3 53.8% 45.1% -8.7
25 years and over Nativity 53.8% 46.0% -7.8 53.8% 55.2% 1.4
16 years and over Geography 48.7% 43.6% -5.1 48.7% 49.3% 0.6
16–64 years old Age 48.0% 49.4% 1.4 48.0% 45.9% -2.1

* This group of results examines how Asian Americans’ long-term unemployment rates would change if Asian Americans had the same demographic distribution as whites in terms of education, nativity, geography, and age.

** This group of results examines how Asian Americans’ long-term unemployment rates would change if Asian Americans had the same long-term unemployment rates as whites within each category (education, nativity, geography, and age), yet maintained their own demographic distribution. It thus explores the extent to which race is the cause of higher long-term unemployment for Asian Americans.

Notes: These data exclude biracial or multiracial individuals and Hispanics. The long-term unemployment share data in the first column within each category indicate the share of unemployed workers who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. Refer to the Appendix for a discussion of the methodology underlying this table.

Source: Author’s analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata

View the underlying data on epi.org.