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Nearly half of unemployed have 'completely given up looking for work'

Michael De Groote

A new poll suggests that almost half of the unemployed have given up looking for work — yet they still hope to find a job in the next six months.

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Being unemployed can create a mixture of optimism and dark despair. A new poll shows both sides of the search for work.
On the depressing side, the poll by Express Employment Professionals, a staffing company, found that nearly half (47 percent) of the unemployed "agree that they have completely given up looking for work."
A blog post by Brenda Cronin at the Wall Street Journal said the "survey results portray job-seekers as stymied in their hunts by scarce jobs and a slow economy. While 47 percent of respondents said they had 'completely given up on looking for a job,' 53 ...

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