This is one of the worst jobs markets in US history for workers who have been out of work for the long term. A Harris poll of 1,500 unemployed Americans found widespread despair.
47 percent agree with the statement, “I’ve completely given up on looking for a job.” (7 percent said they “agree completely,” 7 percent “agree a lot,” 15 percent “agree somewhat,” and 18 percent “agree a little.”)
60 percent say looking for work has been harder than expected. 10 percent say it’s been easier than expected.
Nevertheless, 91 percent agree with the statement, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months.”
23% of those polled haven’t had a job interview since 2012 and only 20% reported any kind of government assistance.
Of those 1,500 people, how many do you think eventually get jobs?