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Dropouts: Discouraged Americans Leave Labor Force

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Losing hope: The Labor Department calls people who haven't looked for work in the last four weeks .discouraged workers,. but millions more hopelessly unemployed gave up long before then.
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After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She'd already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn't land anything else, either -- not even a job interview at a telephone call center. Until she feels confident enough to send out resumes again, she'll get by on food stamps and disability checks from Social Security and live with her parents in St. Louis. 'I'm not proud of it,' says Baebler, who is in her mid-30s and is blind. 'The only way I'm able to sustain any semblance of self-preservation is to rely on government programs that I have no desire to be on.' Baebler's frustrating experience has become all too common nearly four years after the Great Recession ended: Many Americans are still so discouraged that they've given up on the job market. Older Americans have retired early. Younger ones have enrolled in...

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