Rand Ghayad, an eco­nomics doc­toral stu­dent at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, sent out about 4,800 fic­ti­tious resumes gen­er­ated by a com­puter. The resumes were iden­tical except for one factor: Some of the fake appli­cants had been out of work for six months or more.

Ghayad’s paper on his exper­i­ment, pub­lished by the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston, found appli­cants who had been out of work for six months or more were almost never con­tacted for an inter­view, even if their expe­ri­ence was iden­tical to those who were employed.

Like many of the long-​​term unem­ployed, Cham­bers expresses frus­tra­tion and admits she gets depressed about what’s hap­pened since she’s lost full-​​time work. She can’t afford to go out with friends or even afford a place of her own.

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