Unemployment is longer and more permanent. Here’s why that’s bad.


* Nearly 13 million Americans were unemployed in September. That’s about 7 million more workers than pre-pandemic levels.

*The early part of the recession was characterized by temporary layoffs, or furloughs. But permanent job loss is rising.

*A growing share of workers are also “long-term” unemployed, meaning they’ve been out of work for more than six months. That carries severe financial side effects.

Unemployment is longer and more permanent. Here’s why that’s bad.

Se suponía que el desempleo era temporal. Ahora, es permanente para casi 4 millones


*Casi 13 millones de estadounidenses estaban desempleados en septiembre. Eso es aproximadamente 7 millones de trabajadores más que los niveles prepandémicos. 

*La primera parte de la recesión se caracterizó por despidos temporales o licencias. Pero la pérdida permanente de empleos está aumentando. 

*Una proporción cada vez mayor de trabajadores también están desempleados “a largo plazo”, lo que significa que han estado sin trabajo durante más de seis meses. Eso conlleva graves efectos secundarios económicos.

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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