The Psychological Toll of Long-Term Unemployment

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Spent every single month since the start of this pandemic picking apart jobs numbers and unemployment claims. But there's a lot happening in the labor force that doesn't get captured in that data. Right like the toll that long term unemployment during a once in a lifetime pandemic can take and how that long term unemployment is creating less predictable back to work economy. Marketplace's kristen schwab has that one be. Lieberman's daughter has an auto immune disease so in the virginia. High school where she teaches computers and coding mandated. That teachers come back to work last august. she quit. I really thought i could find something. Even if it was part time employment. She applied to software companies that work with schools but she has no sales experience. She applied to teach spanish which she's taught before no bites job. That have nothing to do with computers or teaching like an hourly position at the dmv helped. You just have so much time with just your thoughts and it eats you up. Losing a job is already isolating says art goldsmith economist at washington and lee university and now there's the isolation of the pandemic itself that has created a lot of poor mental health more so in this recession and in previous recessions long-term unemployment changes how people feel about their worth is workers sarah damascus associate at penn state before the pandemic she followed people who lost their jobs by the twelve month mark they were describing themselves as having fewer and fewer john's that they felt that they were qualified for this can create a pattern. Someone gets job. Low their skill level or one. That has nothing to do with their skills. They're unhappy and leave or let go because they were never a good fit and then they're back out there searching. It's devastating for their career in the long run each time they scramble and find something in fail. They fall further and further

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