Millions of people are out of work, for longer and longer periods. The average in February was 29.7 weeks and in January 30.2 weeks. Unemployment benefits, which vary from state to state but average 36 percent of the average weekly wage, are costing $10 billion a month.
SOURCE: National Employment Law Project, Bureau of Labor Statistics | Tobey/The Washington Post - March 9, 2010
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