Friday, March 05, 2004

Long-Term Joblessness

Under President Bush, long-term joblessness reached its worst level in more than 20 years. In 2003, 22.1% of all unemployed Americans were out of work for six months or more. That's more than one-in-five looking for a job for at least half-a-year.

But there has been no relief from Washington. Mr. Bush's tax cuts for the rich have resulted in a "jobless recovery," not employment for American workers. In addition, in December, the Republican controlled Congress let the federal extension of state unemployment benefits expire. Since then, 760,000 would-be-workers have been denied their benefits.

This "jobless recovery" may satisfy Mr. Bush, Congress and Wall Street, but on Main Street, families struggling with long term joblessness are continuing to suffer.

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