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The Long-Term Unemployed

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Long-Term Unemployed"

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Laura Conaway has a chart showing the average duration of unemployment spells in weeks. Right now we’re at 24.9 weeks:

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That’s a lot. One problem with getting the economy back to a healthy state is that once people become long-term unemployed it’s often quite difficult to get them back into employment.

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