24.4.13 /TB / UNEMPLOYMENT – ONE LAWMAKER
LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE BIGGEST CRISIS IN AMERICA — THIS PHOTO SHOWS HOW MUCH POLITICIANS CARE
There are 4.6 million people in America who count as long-term unemployed, meaning they’ve been unemployed for at least 27 weeks. The plight of the long-term unemployed is the biggest economic issue facing the country.
Even as the economy improves, a huge block of workers is becoming shut out of the work force, damaging society and its long-term potential. It’s a much bigger deal than the debt, or any other economic issue.
Here’s how much politicians care, via National Journal’s Niraj Chokshi:
“Hearing on long-term unemployment kicks off with… *one* lawmaker in attendance.”