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US – Long-term unemployment might be falling for the good reason

in the past six months, unemployment has fallen much faster than expected, from 6.7 to 6.1 percent. And as you can see above, 88 percent of that has been due to declining long-term unemployment.

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Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The long-term unemployed might finally be getting jobs – The Washington Post.

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Long-term unemployment in US – Geography could be one reason

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US – Long-Term Unemployment is elevated across all education, age, occupation, industry, gender, and racial and ethnic groups

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Long-term unemployment in US since 1950 – A chart

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Long-Term Unemployed in US – Only 11 percent have returned to steady, full-time employment a year later

In “Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market?” Alan B. Krueger, Judd Cramer,   and David Cho of Princeton University find that even after finding another job, reemployment does not fully reset the clock for the long-term unemployed, who are frequently jobless again soon after they gain reemployment: only 11 percent … Continue reading 

US / The Unemployment Problem is a long-term unemployment problem

In a response to Friday’s jobs report, Jason Furman, the Chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, included this graph that shows the share of unemployment benefits going to long-term unemployed workers (those out of work more than 27 weeks) and short-term unemployed workers. Check it out: Source: Council of Economic Advisers The … Continue reading 

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