Study: Job Market Still Grim
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NPR's Tamara Keith reports.
TAMARA KEITH: Back in August, researchers at Rutgers University surveyed a representative sample of unemployed Americans. They recently checked back in with those people, and just one in five of those who were looking for work back in August have actually found jobs.
CLIFF ZUKIN: When we saw it was 21 percent, we thought, oh, that's horrible.
KEITH: Cliff Zukin is a professor at the Heldrich Center for Workforce at Development at Rutgers. He says the picture is even more dim if you dig deeper.
ZUKIN: It's really just 13 percent who found full-time jobs. And it's only 10 percent who obtained a job that's on par, salary-wise, with their old job.
KEITH: Kenneth Pepin(ph) is 65 years old, and participated in the survey.
KENNETH PEPIN: You find, a lot of places, they're not hiring people my age.
KEITH: Pepin was laid off from his job in boat manufacturing two years ago, and has been looking for work ever since. He says he's only been called in for a few job interviews.
PEPIN: When I went to them, I was the oldest one there by far and, you know, I didn't get the job.
KEITH: Tamara Keith, NPR News, Washington.
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