Friday, May 23, 2014

Poll: Nearly Half Of Unemployed Have Stopped Looking For Work

Jobseekers talk with recruiters at a Hire Our Heroes job fair targeting unemployed military veterans and sponsored by the Cable Show, a cable television industry trade show in Washington, June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  

A poll released Wednesday shows that 47 percent of unemployed Americans have given up looking for work.
Conducted on behalf of Express Employment Professionals last month, Harris Poll asked 1,500 unemployed adults whether they agreed with the statement “I’ve completely given up looking for a job.”
Seven percent said they “agree completely” with the statement; another seven percent said they “agree a lot”; 15 percent “agree somewhat”; 18 percent “agree a little”.
Eighty-two percent of those polled agreed that they were “becoming more discouraged the longer I am unemployed”.
A large majority of those polled indicated that unemployment benefits were keeping them from searching harder for a job. Politicians have divided largely along party lines over whether to extend unemployment benefits, with Republicans arguing that the benefits provide an incentive to remain unemployed
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