Jami Klubek, jobless for 44 months, is one of the 3.6 million people in the U.S. who are long-term unemployed, a group that makes up about 36% of the total number of out-of-work Americans, according to the Labor Department. Research shows that these job-seekers face a much harder time finding employment than those who have been unemployed for less than six months, and many say that Congress' inability to decide on policies to address their plight is only exacerbating the suffering.Klubek, who has no income and is living off the kindness of loved ones, is not focused on an ineffective Congress, though. She can't be. She is only focused on getting a job."The effect has been devastating throughout middle-class families," said Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn-D), who has been an advocate for the long-term unemployed. "There is a sense of hopelessness, desperation, and a devastation of dignity."The epidemic is searing. This group, which one former long-term unemployed person calls the "sacr...
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