December 23, 2011 Economists say the black unemployment rate is so high — 15.5 percent — for a number of reasons, like less education, job discrimination and huge slashes in public-sector jobs. Blacks make up about 10 percent of the full-time working population but 27 percent of the long-term unemployed, an NPR/Kaiser survey found.
December 21, 2011 More than 40 percent of the long-term unemployed say they've received a lot of help from family and friends, while only 1 in 10 reports getting much help from churches or community groups, according to an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But these groups say they're in high demand.
December 20, 2011 The nation's high unemployment rate is straining many marriages, a new survey finds. At the same time, many unhappy couples say they feel trapped, unable to afford a breakup. Experts say that's a dangerous combination that can increase the risk of domestic violence.
December 15, 2011 A new poll from NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows who the long-term unemployed and underemployed are, the extent of the problems they face, and whom they blame for their economic situation. Below, answer some questions and see how your results compare with those of participants in the NPR/Kaiser poll.
December 15, 2011 Middle-level jobs are becoming increasingly automated, which pushes many people into lower-skilled (and lower-paying) jobs like fixing flat tires or delivering pizza to get by. Another option is to get training for higher-skilled jobs — and many want to see more training programs offered.
December 15, 2011 Many people who have been out of work or underemployed for a long time would move to another state or work the night shift to get a job, an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found. "You [say] yes to any shift, to any time, to any pay," says one man who is considering a move from the Seattle suburbs to North Dakota.
December 12, 2011 An NPR/Kaiser poll gives insight into the experience of those without enough work for a year or more. A strong majority of those polled say they don't have much confidence they'll get full-time work. "If I put my hopes in finding another job, I'd just break my heart," one woman says.