Four years after the last reces­sion ended, there are still about 4 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who have been unem­ployed more than six months and are actively looking for work, said Andrew Sum, director of North­eastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies. That number, Sum added, does not include mil­lions more frus­trated job seekers who have given up job searches and are no longer counted by the gov­ern­ment as unemployed.

The longer you are unem­ployed, the more dif­fi­cult it is for you to become reem­ployed,” Sum said. “And these are the largest num­bers in our his­tory by far.”

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