About 24% of Unemployed Workers Have Been Jobless for Over a Year

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  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics in its March jobs report issued Friday said that nearly 2.4 million Americans were unemployed for at least one year.
  • This figure is almost double the number in February, and 1.6 million more people than in March 2020
  • Overall, this figure represents 24 percent of the 9.9 million total unemployed people in March, according to the bureau
  • “It really shows that even as the economy is recovering, you have a lot of the same people who have been unemployed throughout this whole damn thing,” said Heidi Shierholz, director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute and former chief economist at the Department of Labor
  • This comes as economists say long-term unemployment keeps rising throughout the pandemic, nearing a Great Recession peak
  • Economists consider workers to be long-term unemployed after at least six weeks without work