1.4 Million Have Been Out Of Work For 99 Weeks Or Longer: Congressional Research Service

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal's Real-Time Economics blog picks up on the story: "99ers More Likely to Be Older, Married, Minority"

Arthur Delaney, writing in The Huffington Post:

There are 1.4 million "very long-term unemployed" who have been out of work for 99 weeks or longer, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.
The 1.4-million figure, calculated using the latest data available as of October, is much smaller than some home-cooked estimates circulated online by advocates for additional weeks of benefits for these "99ers." Some of those estimates are as high as 7 million.

The full CRS report is available as a PDF.

(Editor's note) Based on the CRS' report, we will continue to use the BLS numbers as provided to provide a month-by-month look at the 99ers.


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