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Unemployment and the Job Search

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The debate over unemployment insurance has Congress in a deadlock. Those opposed to extending emergency benefits argue that doing so only promotes an "idle" class of jobless Americans. Those in favor say it's the only safety net the unemployed have in today’s difficult labor market.

The recent jobs report did reveal some promising news: overall unemployment appears to be decreasing, suggesting a strengthening job market. But for the long-term unemployed, the situation is not as favorable. Compared to the overall unemployment figures, long-term unemployment is falling at a much slower rate, and many are dropping out of the job search completely. 

On our program, we take a closer look at unemployment, both on a state and national level. What is the condition of the labor market, and what can government do to stimulate more job growth?


Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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