NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Pinning down unemployment numbers is a tricky business, but according to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Situation Summary Report for June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by 293,000 in June, to 3.1 million. Over the past year, the number of long-term unemployed has decreased by 1.2 million.
While a good chunk of that number has been able to find full-time work, many still haven't, either accepting part-time work or stopping the search for work altogether.
For example, in June, the civilian labor force participation rate stood at 62.8% for the third consecutive month, an alarmingly low number in historic terms, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. "Additionally, the number of individuals employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 275,000 in June, to 7.5 million," the department reported. "The number of involuntary part-time workers is down over the year but has shown no clear trend in recent months. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job."
Whatever the reason, the number of long-term unemployed U.S. adults is still unacceptably high, and for those stuck in neutral on a full-time job search that's going to be felt acutely.
"You are not damaged goods if you have been out of work for over six months," says Howard Seidel, of career transition firm Essex Partners. Seidel offers tips for both staffers and high-level executives to follow if they've been out of work six months to a year or more: