The National Employment Law Project (NELP) issued the first of two briefing papers in April 2013, titled “Scarring Effects:  Demographics of the Long-Term Unemployed and the Danger of Ignoring the Jobs Deficit.”  In it, NELP “explores who the long-term unemployed are and how their ongoing estrangement from the labor force hurts the entire economy.”   According to the report, there are 3.3 unemployed persons for every job opening, “and the long-term unemployed in particular face discrimination from potential employers who prefer to hire those who already have jobs.”  The report further discusses the disproportionately-high adverse effects of unemployment on certain populations, such as African-Americans, Latino youth, and older workers (more than half of unemployed workers ages 45 and older have been out of work for longer than 27 weeks).
A second report, which is scheduled for release later in April 2013, “will propose a range of policies to trigger a recovery for those who have thus far been left out, ranging from short-term options designed to give the long-term unemployed a leg up in the labor market, to longer-term projects that would invest in America’s workers and communities.”
For a full copy of the “Scarring Effects” report, go to www.nelp.org/site/issues/category/unemployment_insurance/.