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Long-Term Unemployment in US – The case of women and families

Long-term unemployment is a continuing crisis for both men and women, and their families. However, women’s typically lower earnings when they are employed and their far greater likelihood of being single parents makes them and their children more economically vulnerable when both income from work and modest unemployment insurance benefits are lost. For that reason, this issue brief highlights long-term unemployment trends among women and the impact of parents’ long-term unemployment on children.


  • About 4 in 10 unemployed adult women and men (20 and older) have been seeking work for more than 6 months.
  • The average duration of unemployment for adult women and men is about 9 months— and state unemployment benefits typically last no more than six months.
  • Women 55 and older experience the highest rates of long-term unemployment and longest spells of unemployment, among women by age.
  • Asian-American and African-American women experience the highest rates of long-term unemployment and longest spells of unemployment, among women by race and ethnicity.
  • 2.3 million children lived with a parent who had been seeking work for 6 months or more in an average month in 2013.
  • The long-term unemployment rate among unemployed single parents was 55 percent, substantially higher than for unemployed married parents—44 percent.
  • More than 1 in 3 families with a parent unemployed long-term were poor.
  • Nearly 1.75 million people—including 446,000 children, 655,000 women, and 642,000 men— were lifted out of poverty in 2012 by unemployment insurance benefits, due in large part to federal emergency unemploment compensation.

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