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Jobs report reveals alarming level of long-term unemployment

Feb 5, 2021
This has many economists predicting the economic pain of the pandemic will last long after the economy "recovers."
A new study predicts it will take women and people of color an extra two years to reach pre-pandemic employment levels.
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A spike in long-term unemployment is looming

Sep 2, 2020
Temporary layoffs are becoming permanent for more furloughed workers.
A shuttered theater in Los Angeles. People laid off early in the pandemic who are still out of work are approaching what the Labor Department defines as long-term unemployed.
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Why would you hire the long-term unemployed? Why not?

Jan 27, 2014
We expect the President to ask companies to pledge to hire the unemployed. But some hiring managers see a potential risk in hiring someone who's been out of work for a long time.
Career Coach Susan Bishop reviews a job seeker's resume and interview skills during a job fair in Washington, DC. 
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Long-term unemployed get a holiday without much cheer

Dec 24, 2013
Long-term unemployment has not been this high for this long since World War II.

After a year of unemployment -- finally, a job

Feb 5, 2013
For one of the long-term unemployed, a very happy ending.

When the unemployed stop looking for jobs

Sep 7, 2012
Discouraged workers give up after months of fruitless job seeking.

Recovering from job loss

Aug 23, 2012
Author DW Gibson on what he learned traveling across the country talking with the unemployed for his new book, "Not Working," and one of the book's subjects, Bridgette Lacy, discusses what it's like to be jobless.
Employment pamphlets. Author DW Gibson on what he learned traveling across the country talking with the unemployed for his new book, "Not Working," and one of the book's subjects, Bridgette Lacy, discusses what it's like to be jobless.
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Letter: From the perspective of the long-term unemployed

Jun 1, 2012
We hear from Millford Prewitt, a Brooklynite in his late 50s who has been unemployed for more than three years.

Jobless unsurprised by today's bad report

Jun 1, 2012
People at an unemployment office say they're experiencing jobless numbers firsthand.

One day at a time for the long-term unemployed

May 25, 2012
There are millions of Americans who've been out of work for more than six months. One woman shares how she stays hopeful.