This morning I was astounded to find out that someone left a comment on an article about unemployment that I wrote in March of 2010. But I shouldn’t have been. More people have read Unemployed Over 50: A View From the Ground than anything else I’ve written for Women’s Voices for Change. After 15 months, people are still finding and reading that article, an indication of the enormity of the jobs crisis.
During the current recession, a larger percentage of the workforce has been unemployed for a longer time than any other period in the last three decades. A graphic in The New York Times illustrates the effect on older women.
According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.2 million people have been out of work for more than six months. They are 45.1% of all the unemployed.
At the current rate of slow growth in jobs, it could take another five years before we return to pre-recession employment levels.