The good news: the U.S. unemployment rate in April fell to its lowest number in three years! The bad news: the drop may just be due to more people losing hope of ever finding a job and dropping out of the search.
Since January, 342,000 people have left the labor force, meaning the Bureau of Labor Statistics has stopped counting them, even if they didn’t end up finding a job. Currently, more than 5 million people have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.
The average length of unemployment is more than 39 weeks. What advice is there for the chronically unemployed? If you’ve been looking for a job, what has your experience been?
Christine Owens, executive director, National Employment Law Project, a national advocacy organization for employment rights
Andrea Kay, career consultant, syndicated columnist; author, "Work's a Bitch and Then You Make it Work" and “Life’s a Bitch Then You Change Careers” (Stewart, Tabori and Chang)