Here’s one big reason why America’s unem­ploy­ment crisis may be here to stay. Thanks to the lasting effects of the reces­sion, there are cur­rently 4.7 mil­lion workers who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks. And new research sug­gests that employers will almost never con­sider hiring them.

Matthew O’Brien reports on a striking recent exper­i­ment by Rand Ghayad of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. He sent out 4,800 fake resumes at random for 600 job open­ings. And what he found is that employers would rather call back someone with no rel­e­vant expe­ri­ence who’s only been out of work for a few months than someone with more rel­e­vant expe­ri­ence who’s been out of work for longer than six months.

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