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47% of Unemployed Americans Have Just Stopped Looking for Work

Job Fair Held At Sun Life Stadium In Miami
Joe Raedle—Getty Images People looking for work stand in line to apply for a job during a job fair at the Miami Dolphins Sun Life stadium on May 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

New survey finds the unemployed are losing hope

Nearly half of unemployed Americans have “completely given up” looking for a job, a new survey has found.

Pollsters for job staffing company Express Employment Professionals asked 1,500 unemployed American adults how they were faring in their job hunts. A startling number were, in a word, fed up.


83% expressed a willingness to accept a job that would pay less than their previous position, and 45% blamed the economy for producing what feels to them like a jobless recovery.

“After searching for four years and being unsuccessful, I am tired of trying,” one respondent said, according to the surveyors.

Despite the troubling numbers, 91% agreed with the statement “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months,” indicating that they still held out hope that they could land a job, even if the search felt beyond their control.

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