Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

June 1994

Long-term unemployment in recent recessions

Randy Ilg

During the 1990-91 recession, the long-term jobless rate was much lower than that associated with the 1981-82 contraction. However, unemployment of more than 6 months has been very slow to recover from the recent downturn. This article focuses on the extent of long-term unemployment associated with the 1990-91 recession and its aftermath, comparing its conditions to other major recession of the past two decades.

Download PDF »