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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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“No one talks about it, which is unfortunate,” says Georgetown University professor Harry Holzer of the long-term unemployed. But it’s more than unfortunate; it’s a threat to our economic recovery and prosperity.

Congress could help seek solutions if its members were not so mired in political bickering. It’s time to demand that our elected leaders turn their attention to the needs of the American people by supporting programs and services that will help the long-term unemployed get back to work.

Joan Cirillo

President and CEO

Operation A.B.L.E.

of Greater Boston

Boston

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