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The Hiring Gap

A new report by CBS News finds current chronic unemployment is worse than the Great Depression.

While the jobs outlook may be improving statistically nationwide, it isn’t for those who are looking for work.

CBS finds about 6.2 million Americans (about 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in the U.S.) have been without work for more than six months. That’s a higher percentage than during the Great Depression.

The bigger the gap on the resume, the more questions potential employers have for workers.

This Atlantic story examines the hiring gap and finds the problem with the U.S. labor market is that too few workers are being hired to make a meaningful change in the unemployment numbers.

Today’s Gallup poll finds the job market is best in the Midwest, followed by the South. Job creation in 2011 is better than it was over the same five months in 2009 and 2010, says Gallup. However, new jobs are being created at an anemic pace compared with what is needed to lower the U.S. unemployment rate (supporting Atlantic’s story), and the rate of improvement this year compared with last is declining.

IAFF members looking for work can visit our Job Center.

Union Plus has created a web page for union members who have been laid off with information about jobless grants, furlough grants, strike grants and much more.

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