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Long-term unemployment persists

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The share of unemployed workers who have been unemployed for over six months increased slightly in February, from 43.8% to 43.9%, and remains near its high of 45.6% last May. The long-term unemployed share is one of the highest on record, and there are still six million workers who have been unemployed for longer than six months. These dramatic figures are unsurprising given that there are still 4.7 unemployed workers per available job. — From Heidi Shierholz’ analysis of the February employment report


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