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Work Trends Surveys on The Great Recession

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Heldrich Center conducted a number of Work Trends surveys to delve into the impacts of the Great Recession. Perhaps the most profound look came from Voices of the Unemployed, which featured verbatim comments from American workers who lost their jobs during the recession. The comments focused on what workers thought government should do to help the unemployed and what they felt would be most helpful to them in getting a new job. Workers offered their assessments of the future of the economy and labor market, the impact of the recession on Americans’ finances, causes of unemployment, and national policies and political leaders in American Workers Assess an Economic Disaster and Diminished Lives and Futures. The agony of prolonged unemployment was expressed through the eyes of Americans continuing to struggle to find jobs and the sacrifices they have endured during the Great Recession in No End in Sight, Out of Work and Losing Hope, Shattered American Dream, and Unhappy, Worried, and Pessimistic.

U.S. Labor Market & Industry
Work Trends Surveys
Research Team: 
Carl E. Van Horn, Ph.D.
Funded By: 
Private contributions to the Heldrich Center
Great Recession
long-term unemployment