A Record 30% of Unemployed Out of Work at Least a Year

Publication: USA Today

Author: Paul Davidson


10/08/2010 - A record 30% — or 4.4 million — of the nation's 14.7 million unemployed workers were out of work at least a year in August, up from 23% in December, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Thursday by Pew Economic Policy Group. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.


The ranks of the severely long-term unemployed have remained stubbornly high in recent months, even amid a noteworthy drop in the number of all long-term unemployed Americans — those out of work six months or longer. Put another way, a hefty share of the long-term unemployed — 71% — were out of work at least a year in August, up from 48% a year earlier, BLS figures show.

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