Neil Ridley, writing at the Center for Law and Social Policy:
Four years after the official end of the Great Recession, the economy is improving, but the nation is struggling with slow job growth and high unemployment. The national unemployment rate is expected to remain above 7.5 percent through 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook. Long-term unemployment, in particular, remains at record levels: nearly two out of five of the unemployed, or about 4 million workers, have been out of work for more than six months and large numbers have been jobless for more than a year. Numerous studies confirm that it is very difficult for long-term unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce.
Last week, Rep. George Miller (D-CA), together with other House members, introduced the Pathways Back to Work Act, which is modeled on provisions in the President’s FY 2014 budget request. The bill would create work and educational opportunities for long-term unemployed workers and low-income adults and youth, who are at risk of being left behind as the economy recovers from the Great Recession.
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