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Hidden workforce challenges domestic economic recovery

Date: March 15, 2011
Author: Ylan Q. Mui
QUOTE: These workers are not counted in the Labor Department’s monthly unemployment rate, yet they say they are willing to work. Since the recession began, their numbers have grown by 30 percent, to more than 6.4 million, amounting to a hidden labor force that could stymie the turnaround... Workers are counted as unemployed only if they are actively job-hunting. Otherwise, they are considered outside of the labor force altogether.

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