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It’s no joke — cartoon underscores deep woes of the unemployed

I was saddened to see Dan Wasserman’s July 17 editorial cartoon, not because it was offensive or inaccurate, but because it was so on point. The long-term unemployed face too many barriers in this employers’ job market, including help-wanted postings that say the jobless need not apply and hiring policies that discriminate against workers over 40.

Megan Woolhouse’s July 6 article “Job growth surges, a sign of a reviving US economy” notes that 4.3 million Americans are long-term unemployed, and 8.2 million others are working parttime because they cannot find full-time work. That’s 12.5 million of our fellow Americans struggling to make ends meet, pay a full share of taxes, and support the economy.

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