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The Long-Term Unemployed

The Long-Term Unemployed

 

This  past summer,  some 45 percent of the unemployed (6.8 million of 14.6 million) had been jobless  for 6 months or more,  by far the highest proportion of long-term unemployment since  the government began keeping  track in 1948.  The situation is especially acute for those over 50 years of  age.

Two recent reports detail the disturbing trends.  “no  End in  Sight,”  a study published in  May by scholars  at the Heldrich  Center at Rutgers University,  found that only  21  percent of those who were unemployed in August 2009 had found work by  March 2010.  For workers over 50,  the figure dropped  to 12  percent.  A Pew Research Center survey conducted in May also found that the median duration of  unem- ployment  was longest  among workers 50 and over (followed by production and transportation workers and black workers).

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