The Detroit News: Michigan unemployed find job hunt takes longer

Lansing— It’s taking longer for Michiganians to find a job as the recession drags on. And when they do, it’s likely in a low-wage position.

More than half of the state’s unemployed adults of prime working age, 25-54 years old, spent a half-year or longer in 2010 looking for jobs — the longest time on record.

African-Americans have been disproportionately affected by the jobless crisis. According to the study, 24 percent of African-Americans were unemployed in 2010, compared with 10.5 percent of whites and 13.7 percent of Hispanics.

Unemployed workers in four cities with majority African-American populations — Detroit, Pontiac, Inkster and Highland Park — accounted for 16 percent of all the unemployed last year.

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