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CareerBuilder Study Explores The Ongoing Plight Of The Long-term Unemployed

When asked to identify some of the major challenges they encounter when looking for a job, the long-term unemployed pointed to:

  • My age or experience is a disadvantage – 66 percent (Among long-term unemployed ages 55 and older, 92 percent feel their age works against them)
  • The longer I am unemployed, employers are becoming less responsive – 63 percent
  • The number of jobs in my profession has dropped significantly during and post-recession – 37 percent
  • I am unable to relocate or commute far – 30 percent
  • I am having difficulty transitioning skills to a new field or industry – 16 percent

Building New Skill SetsDespite these challenges, the long-term unemployed remain hopeful and provided the following examples of how they are keeping active and learning new skills: 

  • Expanded my professional network online and offline – 20 percent
  • Volunteered – 20 percent
  • Signed up with a staffing firm/recruiter – 18 percent
  • Took on part-time work – 14 percent
  • Took a class – 12 percent
  • Went back to school full-time – 5 percent

Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive © on behalf of CareerBuilder among 310 long-term unemployed (previously full-time employed workers who have been unemployed for 12 months or longer but are currently looking for work) ages 18 and over between November 6 and December 2, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 310, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 5.57 percentage points.  Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder®CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions.  Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

Media ContactJennifer Grasz   773-527-1164 jennifer.grasz@careerbuilder.com http://www.twitter.com/CareerBuilderPR

SOURCE CareerBuilder

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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