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A Crisis of Long-Term Unemployment Is Looming in the U.S.

A Crisis of Long-Term Unemployment Is Looming in the U.S.

huzu1959/Getty Images Covid-19 has ravaged employment in the United States, from temporary furloughs to outright layoffs. Currently, over 4 million Americans have been out of work for six months or more , including an estimated 1.5 million workers in white-collar occupations, according to my calculations. Though the overall unemployment rate is down from its peak last spring, the percent of the unemployed who are long-term unemployed (LTU) keeps increasing and is currently at over 40%, a level of LTU comparable to the Great Recession but otherwise unseen in the U.S. in over 60 years. The causes of the Great […]

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