Unemployment Benefits

What the unemployment rate doesn't tell you about men who have stopped looking for work

What the unemployment rate doesn't tell you about men who have stopped looking for work

To the editor: I am one of those 7 million unemployed men that the government does not count in unemployment statistics. (“The U.S. labor force's guy problem: Lots of men don’t have a job and aren’t looking for one,” Nov. 21)

The government only knows how many people are employed and how many are collecting unemployment benefits. These are the numbers used to calculate the unemployment statistics. When unemployment benefits run out (between six and nine months, depending on the state), we simply disappear from the statistics.

I was laid off...

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