The Duration Of Unemployment As Provided By The Bureau Of Labor Statistics

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The duration of unemployment as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was an average of 28.1 weeks in June. The trend seem to be improving overall because the average duration of unemployment for May was 30.7 weeks, and a year ago it was 31.4 weeks (BLS 2015). The difficulty of finding a job seems to go up after the first month after being unemployed. The people who are unemployed for 15 to 26 weeks have the least trouble finding jobs (BLS 2015). After 27 weeks, more people have difficulty finding jobs (BLS 2015). A possible explanation is that unemployed people look like worse candidates the longer they are unemployed, so they have a harder time to find work as time goes on. Initially, people may also be discouraged from being laid…show more content…
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