Long Term Unemployment Remains Major Problem

More than two million Americans aren’t feeling the economic recovery, despite several months, or even years, of searching for employment.

The nation’s long-term unemployed represent one of the lingering effects of the Great Recession, and they typically face steep barriers to finding another job. Numbers of these workers – those who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more — remain high in nearly every state even though job growth has picked up. In some states, the long-term unemployed accounted for more than four out of every 10 unemployed workers last year.

In recent years, workforce agencies have explored a variety of approaches in helping these workers. The issue is particularly crucial in states with the highest rates of long-term unemployment, such as Florida, New Jersey and New Mexico.

Those later into their careers also often struggle the most to get new jobs. Employers may perceive older workers as too expensive or believe they have outdated skills. It’s also not easy for experienced workers to grapple with taking a pay cut that might come with a new job when they’re supporting a family or paying a mortgage.

On average, workers in their 50s and 60s look for employment roughly twice as long as those just starting their careers. If these older workers are also attempting to change occupations, the barriers to employment are even steeper.

In Ohio, just under 108,000 workers have been out of work for 27 weeks or more.

Read the full story in Governing Magazine: http://www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/gov-long-term-unemployed-workers-in-states.html


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