Two million jobless Americans have been trying to find work for at least 27 weeks. Many of these workers become trapped in a cycle of unemployment or underemployment that can mean a future of reduced wages, if they can even find a job, and an unsettling home environment for their family.
Many long-term unemployed need a path back into the workforce—one such path should be national service. In a recent report from the Center for American Progress, we proposed automatically creating new and temporary national service positions during times of high long-term unemployment, which would phase out as the economy returns to normal.
The above excerpt was originally published in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.
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