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News from EPI ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY: Economic Policy Institute to host forum on long-term unemployment

The Economic Policy Institute will host four prominent labor economists for a forum on long-term unemployment Wednesday, May 26.  The forum, Long-term Unemployment: Causes, Consequences and Solutions, will examine the magnitude of the problem of long-term unemployment and the consequences of policy inaction. 

Nearly 46% of unemployed workers have been jobless for at least six months, representing the highest long-term unemployment rate in at least six decades.  Those workers face dim employment prospects, with over five unemployed workers competing for every available job.  Furthermore, the unemployment insurance extension that Congress passed in April will expire in June unless Congress renews it.



Long-term unemployment: causes, consequences and solutions


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

Event begins 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Jesse Rothstein, Chief Economist, United States Department of Labor

Heidi Shierholz, Economist, Economic Policy Institute

Till von Wachter, Associate Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Introduction – Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute


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