of the United States' labor force is currently unemployed.
of those unemployed have been out of work for more than 26 weeks, officially placing them among the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
The average, weekly unemployment benefit, before taxes.
jobs were lost in the Great Recession, many of which will never come back.
more people become working-age every month, deepening the unemployment hole.
Americans are slated to lose their unemployment benefits, just three weeks before Christmas.
Sources:The Associated Press | The Urban Institute | The Bureau of Labor Statistics | CNN
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