Archived: This Labor Day, Don’t Forget the Long-Term Unemployed


This decade has been a particularly harsh one on our country’s workers. Many workers have been unable to find a job for one or two years, and while economists tell us that our industrial and service companies are posting higher earnings, the number of hirings has not kept pace with the higher profits.

We are particularly bothered by the fact that many employers are not hiring the long-term unemployed due to some misguided belief that they may have become too lazy and dependent on unemployment compensation.

Yet some of the people who have been unemployed for long periods have told us that they are desperate to find jobs. These people don’t sound lazy to us. Instead they talk as if once they find a job they will be grateful for the opportunity to be working again, and do everything in their power to stay employed.

Like workers in the past, they will do the work this country needs done.

This time around, however, many will work with knowledge that another job may not be so easy to find. Hopefully, employers will keep that in mind and start to see these displaced workers as a potentially valuable asset.

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