Andrew Sum, pro­fessor of eco­nomics at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, esti­mates that in 2012 there are six people looking for a full-​​time job for every one opening. What will people who have been out of work for over two years do? It may be 10 or 15 years before they can get on the Social Secu­rity they have earned.

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