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November 2010

The Nation’s underemployed in the “Great Recession” of 2007-09

Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada

Data from the Current Population Survey show that the less educated, those in low-skilled occupations, and those in low-paying occupations had a higher incidence of underemployment during the 2007-09 recession; an examination of the U.S. income distribution reveals that underemployment is more concentrated among workers from lower income households.

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