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39 percent of unemployed workers have been out of work longer than 27 weeks

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Of the 12.2 million Americans who were unemployed as of December 2012, 39 percent (4.7 million) had been out of work for 27 weeks or more, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. These 4.7 million workers are known as the long-term unemployed, and are among the worst consequences of the Great Recession of 2008. Report author Josh Mitchell noted that “relative to currently employed...

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