Workers who have lost their jobs but are not currently looking for new ones are not counted in the Department of Labor’s much-watched unemployment rate. Economists say the longer these workers stay out of the job market, the harder it will be for them to find employment, creating a vicious cycle that can spiral for months or longer.
Dirk Bos reads the newspaper while eating breakfast with his son, Niels, 4, at the family's Silver Spring home. Bos lost his job as a construction administrator in 2008. Knowing he didn't stand a chance finding a new job in that field, he is applying for school in hopes of becoming a librarian.Matt McClain/The Washington Post