Long-term unemployment: consequences and solutions

Article Highlights

  • 39.3% of all unemployed have been unemployed for 6 months or longer

    Tweet This

  • We need to think outside the box for policy solutions to long-term unemployment

    Tweet This

  • long-term unemployment has large impacts on finances and wellbeing

    Tweet This

 

Chairman Brady, Vice Chair Klobuchar, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to appear today to discuss the problem of long-term unemployment.   In the testimony that follows, I will discuss the current status of the long-term unemployment crisis, review recent attempts to explain it, and then turn to possible policy options.

I.    Long-term unemployment today

In December 2007, at the start of the Great Recession, the number of the long-term unemployed stood at 1.3 million, or 17.3 percent of all unemployed workers. Over the course of the recession the U.S. experienced an increase in the number of individuals unemployed for 27 weeks or more, a trend which continued after the recession’s close in June 2009. The number of the long-term unemployed peaked in April 2010 at 6.7 million, making up 43.9 percent of all unemployed workers. Currently, there are 4.6 million workers who are considered long-term unemployed, which comprises 39.3 percent of all unemployed workers.

Click here to read the full testimony as a PDF.

 

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Kevin A.
Hassett

What's new on AEI

We still don't know how many people Obamacare enrolled
image The war on invisible poverty
image Cutting fat from the budget
image Speaker of the House John Boehner on resetting America’s economic foundation
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 22
    MON
  • 23
    TUE
  • 24
    WED
  • 25
    THU
  • 26
    FRI
Monday, September 22, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Policy implications of the new US labor market normal

We welcome you to join us as a panel of economists discuss US wage and price prospects in the coming months and the implications for the Federal Reserve’s current unorthodox monetary policy.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.