Infographic: 15 ways to help the unemployed get back to work

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Alese Pedro, from JVS-BankWorks (R), talks to job seeker Gloria Cuellar, 38, at a job fair in Los Angeles, California, November 18, 2013.

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  • Over the past 4 years, the unemployment rate has dropped from 10% in October 2009 to 7% this past November.

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  • The fact remains, however, that an unemployment rate of 7% is much too high.

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  • Low-skill workers in particular are still suffering terribly in the labor market.

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The labor market remains badly damaged from the Great Recession. In November 2013, the labor force participation rate was 63 percent, the lowest since 1978 when Jimmy Carter was president. Most tragically, more than 4 million American workers have been unemployed for six months or longer. AEI's Michael Strain makes the following recommendations to get the labor market moving again.

 

 

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  • Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies labor economics, public finance, and applied microeconomics. His research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and in the policy journals Tax Notes and National Affairs. Dr. Strain also writes frequently for popular audiences on topics including labor market policy, jobs, minimum wages, federal tax and budget policy, and the Affordable Care Act, among others.  His essays and op-eds have been published by National Review, The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, Forbes, Bloomberg View, and a variety of other outlets. He is frequently interviewed by major media outlets, and speaks often on college campuses. Before joining AEI he worked on the research team of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program and was the manager of the New York Census Research Data Center, both at the U.S. Census Bureau.  Dr. Strain began his career in the macroeconomics research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  He is a graduate of Marquette University, and holds an M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from Cornell.


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