During the past four years, more than five million longterm
workers (those with at least three years of tenure
with their employer) have lost their jobs through no
fault of their own. Behind these numbers are people
of many different backgrounds, many of whom face
financial hardship and emotional pain due to their layoff.
They include highly skilled computer technicians and
low-skilled food service workers. They are young and
old, male and female, African-American and white. Many
have worked for the same employer their entire careers,
and others have held jobs with multiple employers.