While Republicans continue to ignore millions of Americans still struggling to find work (some even claiming that “the situation has been dealt with”), a new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that the percentage of the long-term unemployed remains above pre-recession highs in 41 states. From the Washington Post:
“Before the Great Recession hit, the national share of the jobless who were long-term unemployed peaked at 26 percent, in June 1983…”
“Last year, long-term unemployment was above that level in 41 states and D.C., according to EPI, a think tank whose research focuses on low- and middle-income workers. Long-term unemployment is lowest in the Dakotas, where less than a fifth of the jobless have been out of work for long stretches. It’s highest in D.C., New Jersey and Florida, where more than 45 percent of the jobless are long-term unemployed.”
More proof that the problem hasn't been dealt with. It's past time for Republicans to stop blocking action to renew unemployment insurance for 1.6 million Americans and counting.
You can find full state-by-state date at the EPI website, including stories from Americans still struggling to find work.