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Long-term unemployment drops

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(Read caption) This chart shows the number of long-term unemployed workers since 2000. Since peaking in early 2010, numbers have steadily declined.

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Yesterday's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long term unemployed improved slightly in February but remained epically distressed by historic standards.

Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more declined to 5.426 million or 42.6% of all unemployed workers while the median number of weeks unemployed increased to 20.3 weeks and the average stay on unemployment declined to 40.0 weeks, the highest level ever recorded.

Looking at the charts below (click for super interactive versions) you can see that today’s sorry situation far exceeds even the conditions seen during the double-dip recessionary period of the early 1980s, long considered by economists to be the worst period of unemployment since the Great Depression.


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