The U.S. jobless rate sank to a four-year low in November, but millions remained out of work in an economy still struggling to recover from a recession that ended nearly four years ago, experts said Friday.
morning's jobs report ... provides a clear reminder that mass
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faces," said Heidi Shierholz, labor economist at the Economic Policy
Institute. "At this rate of job growth, it will take more than 10 years
to return to the pre-recession unemployment rate."
economy created 146,000 jobs in November, according to the Labor
Department, a figure just above the 100,000 jobs per month economists
say are needed just to keep pace with new entrants into the labor force.
the jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent in November, the lowest since
December 2008, from 7.9 percent in October, the Labor Department said
the slide was because more people gave up looking for work and dropped
out of the labor force.
542,000 Americans were not counted in the jobless report because the
survey only counted those who did not have jobs and were actively
Shierholz said Friday's jobs picture draws attention to the labor force's major long-term unemployment crisis.
United States has 4.8 million workers who have been unemployed for more
than six months, four times as many as the 1.2 million average in 2007,carbon plate she noted.
share of unemployed workers out of work for more than six months
declined to 40.1 percent in November, but it is still far above the
highest levels in any of the last three recessions, Shierholz said.composite resin
large number of long-term unemployed is unsurprising given that there
have been three or more unemployed workers for every job opening for
more than four years," she said.
the country's expected growth rate paints a dim picture. The
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's U.S. growth
forecast released last month was too weak to spur much short-term job
U.S. GDP growth is expected to drop to 2 percent in 2013,carbon fabricknife sets down
from 2.2 percent this year, provided the economy avoids falling off the
"fiscal cliff," according to the organization's latest Economic
than 3 percent growth -- ideally above 3.5 percent -- is required to
begin to significantly reduce the high rate of unemployment in the
United States, said Barry Bosworth, a senior fellow at the Brookings
Institution and a former presidential advisor.