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How Long Do Unemployed Workers Search For A Job?

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The brief’s key findings are: The Great Recession threw many older individuals out of work, so it is important to understand their job search activity. The results show little tolerance for a lengthy search; the vast majority either find a job or exit the labor force within a year. Those with financial resources, such as Social Security, leave even sooner. Interestingly, the strength of the local labor market does not seem to have much impact on the duration of job search.

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  • Matthew S. Rutledge, 2014. "How Long Do Unemployed Workers Search For A Job?," Issues in Brief ib2014-3, Center for Retirement Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:crr:issbrf:ib2014-3
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    1. Alicia H. Munnell & Mauricio Soto & Robert K. Triest & Natalia A. Zhivan, 2008. "How Much Do State Economics and Other Characteristics Affect Retirement Behavior?," Working Papers, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College wp2008-12, Center for Retirement Research, revised Sep 2008.
    2. Jesse Rothstein, 2011. "Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 42(2 (Fall)), pages 143-213.
    3. Richard W. Johnson & Barbara Butrica, 2012. "Age Disparities in Unemployment and Reemployment During the Great Recession and Recovery," Issue Briefs 2012-03, Urban Institute, Program on Retirement Policy.
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