Long-Term Unemployment Struggles Plague Florida, Nation

Publication: The Palm Beach Post

Author: Emily Roach


05/13/2012 - Everywhere Tommy Ellis goes he sees "Hiring Now" signs, but his job scenario remains unchanged after a year and a half unemployed.

Sharply dressed in a long-sleeved, button-down blue shirt, his deep, warm voice inspiring confidence, the Wellington resident looks like the same guy who used to manage at Jiffy Lube and Outback Steakhouse and eventually started his own business. Now he's one of the long-term unemployed who number 3.9 million in the United States, standing in another job fair line.

Many Palm Beach County workers unemployed for months or years wonder who is getting hired, as unemployment rates nationally and locally fall. They say it's not them, and economists say that may be true, as the percentage of the unemployed who have looked fruitlessly for more than a year seems stalled at triple the rate as when the recession started.

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People who are out of work get stigmatized, according to a report updated this month by the Pew Charitable Trusts Fiscal Analysis Initiative on long-term unemployment.

Nearly 4 million U.S. workers have been unemployed more than a year, the Pew report found. 

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Florida has been hit hard by job loss and long-term unemployment, said Ingrid Schroe­der, director of the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative.

"Long-term unemployment is just starting to go down a little" after peaking in the third quarter of 2011, Schroeder said. 

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