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Really good summary of some interesting recent research conducted into hiring practices with respect to length of unemployment. Basically, employers systematically discriminate against the long-term unemployed, so if you are out of work, the sooner you start applying to new jobs, the better off you are going to be!
I should note–this wasn’t typical ‘social science’ or econometric analysis where there could be hidden variables confounding the final result. This was experimental design using a large number of identical resumes with nothing but the date-since-last-employed differing, and employers systematically favored applicants with shorter spells of unemployment. Employers actually preferred applicants with less job experience if they had a significantly shorter-length of unemployment than more-qualified candidates with a longer period of time since they were last working. Interestingly, employers don’t seem to discriminate between forced unemployment, voluntary unemployment, or dropping out of the labor-force entirely (say, to take care of a child for a few years). Fascinating stuff, and, unfortunately, it looks like the only way to help the long-term unemployed is to get the economy back to full employment so that employers are forced to start looking at those employees as candidates.