2 Programs That Could Help the Jobless
Although things seem to be looking up on the job front (claims for state unemployment benefits just fell to their lowest level since January 2008), the same can’t be said for America’s long-term unemployed, especially those over 50.
- Nearly 40 percent of unemployed Americans — roughly 4.8 million people — have been jobless for six months or longer. About half of them are over age 50.
- Some 3.25 million Americans, CNN says, are “hopelessly unemployed.” They haven’t looked for work in more than a year because they’ve simply given up the search. They’re not even counted for the official unemployment rate.
- Roughly 1.5 million of the unemployed are “99ers,” out of work for 99 weeks or longer.
- The average time someone stays unemployed is now about 10 months, twice as long as six years ago, according to NPR.
- The Facebook page for the multimedia project, Over Fifty and Out of Work, is filled with postings like this one: “I am a 60-year-old male, I have been in the construction industry since I was 20, the last 16 as a superintendent or project manager. I was laid off August 1, 2010. I have not found but 3 months work since then. I have sent over 300 resumes to advertised jobs. I am in financial ruin.”