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How to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

February 9, 2014 • Editorial

President Obama announced Friday that nearly 300 companies had agreed to alter their hiring policies to prevent discrimination based upon how long a job applicant had been out of work. This list of participating companies consists of 21 of the 50 largest companies and includes names such as Wal-Mart, Apple, General Motors, Ford Motor, News Corp., McDonald’s and eBay.

Obama’s comments were meant to address the common employer’s perception that people who have been out of work for a long period of time are less-desirable job candidates. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports nearly 4 million people have been out of work for more than six months, comprising 38 percent of all the unemployed.

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