Long-term unemployment in recoveries, at a glance

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Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:39 AM

The Associated Press analyzed nine economic recoveries since the Great Depression that lasted at least three years. By most measures, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 is the weakest. Long-term unemployment has never been such a big problem. Here is the percentage of the unemployed who have been out of work for at least six months at this point — three years and one month — after a recession ended:

1948-1949 3.9 percent
1953-1954 8.9 percent
1960-1961 12.8 percent
1969-1970 7.4 percent
1973-1975 11.1 percent
1981-1982 14.8 percent
1990-1991 21.3 percent
2001 20.8 percent
2007-2009 40.7 percent