January 14, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Long-term unemployment in December 2009

Percent distribution of unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, December 2008 and December 2009, seasonally adjusted
Duration Dec 2008 Dec 2009

Total unemployed

100.0 100.0

Less than 5 weeks

28.8 19.0

5 to 14 weeks

30.9 22.7

15 to 26 weeks

17.4 18.5

27 weeks and over

22.9 39.8

These data featured in the TED article, Long-term unemployment in December 2009.




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