Recovery-less Recovery: Unemployment Duration - November 2012

by: Sold At The Top

Today's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long-term unemployed improved in November, remaining epically distressed by historic standards. Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more decreased to 4.786 million, or 40.1%, of all unemployed workers, while the median number of weeks unemployed dropped to 19.0 weeks and the average stay on unemployment declined to 40.0 weeks.

Looking at the charts below you can see that today's sorry situation far exceeds even the conditions seen during the double-dip recessionary period of the early 1980s, long considered by economists to be the worst period of unemployment since the Great Depression.