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Long-term unemployment remains high

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(Read caption) This chart shows the number of civilians unemployed for 27 weeks or longer over the past decade. Numbers are down slightly, but remain high.

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Today's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long term unemployed went mixed in August while remaining epically distressed by historic standards.

Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more declined to 6.03 million or 42.9% of all unemployed workers while the median number of weeks unemployed increased to 21.8 weeks and the average stay on unemployment declined slightly to 40.3 weeks, a new high for the series.
Looking at the chart above (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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