Friday, October 02, 2009

Jobless 27 Weeks or Longer Jumps to 5.4 Million

15.1 million Americans are now out of work. Or if you look at real unemployment-- 17 million.

One of the scariest statistics is the number of people unemployed 27 weeks or longer -- now 5.4 million. This number soared by 450,000 in the last month.

At 27 weeks, people start losing their unemployment benefits. Then what?

This number is likely to rise by another million plus by the end of the year?

This does not bode well for the economy or the the Christmas retail sales season.

Sources of Information

Real Unemployment Jumps to 17.0 Percent (Explanation)

Bureau of Labor Statistics -- Employment Situation news release

Table 12 in the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Commissioner's Statement on the Employment Situation

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