Trends in Duration of U.S. Unemployment

By: Mike Shedlock | Sun, Jul 8, 2012
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Duration of Unemployment by Percentage:

5 Weeks and Under, 15 Weeks and Over, 27 Weeks and Over

Time Unemployed

Quick Figures

Grim Picture

The trends paint a grim picture. With each recession the duration of unemployment has increased.

Note that prior to 1990, shortly after recessions ended, the percentage of people unemployed 15 weeks and over, and 27 weeks and over dropped quickly.

The last three recessions did not follow that pattern and the recession starting in 2007 is unprecedented in obvious ways.

I believe a major reason the 27 weeks and over percentage is dropping now is people have exhausted all their benefits and have claimed disability or gone on "forced retirement" to collect social security benefits.

Since the global economy has stalled (see Plunging New Orders Suggest Global Recession Has Arrived) and the US is headed for recession if not in recession (see 12 Reasons US Recession Has Arrived Or Will Shortly) there is not much realistic hope of these numbers showing drastic improvement except by more forced retirements or rising disability claims.

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