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U.S. Job Seekers In for a Long, Frustrating Hunt

Anyone who’s reading this while in the midst of looking for work may not be surprised to hear that Americans who quit their search for employment spent five long months hunting before throwing in the towel. –KA

The Wall Street Journal:

The amount of time the unemployed spent hunting for jobs rose sharply last year. Those out of work tended to search for about 20 weeks before quitting in 2010, compared to 8.5 weeks in 2007, according to a recent Labor Department report. The report studied how long unemployed workers took to either find a new job or quit looking.

Labor-force participation, the share of Americans who are working or looking for jobs, has fallen to its lowest percentage since the mid-1980s. That’s partly because people have grown discouraged about their ability to find jobs and have given up looking. With those workers on the sidelines, the unemployment rate has been lower than it otherwise would be.

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