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U.S. Unemployment Demands New Ideas

The U.S. has a new kind of unemployment problem. To solve it, cities, states and the federal government must help workers to move to new jobs.
Making it easier for the unemployed to move would go a long way toward helping the economy.

The U.S. labor market is still a long way from healed. The unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009, is misleading: Long-term unemployment accounts for a much bigger share of the total than usual. Millions who would like full-time jobs are having to work part time. And millions more have given up looking for work and are no longer part of the count.

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