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More Evidence My Homelessness Is Absolutely and Entirely the Fault of Others

March 28, 2015

As long as you’ve been out of work for less than six months, you can get called back even if you don’t have experience. But after you’ve been out of work for six months, it doesn’t matter what experience you have. Quite literally. There’s only a 2.12 percentage point difference in callback rates for the long-term unemployed with or without industry experience. That’s compared to a 7.13 and 8.95 percentage point difference for the short-and-medium-term unemployed. This is what screening out the long-term unemployed looks like. In other words, the first thing employers look at is how long you’ve been out of work, and that’s the only thing they look at if it’s been six months or longer.

Ghayad’s field study shows employers discriminate against the long-term unemployed. All of the fake resumes he sent out were basically identical. But firms ignored the ones from people who’d been out of work for six months or longer — even when they had better credentials. Employers look at how long you’ve been unemployed as a better proxy for skills than anything else on your resume. In other words, more jobs-training probably won’t help the long-term unemployed all that much.

If employers are picking less qualified people based entirely on employment status, which is the choice of another, how could any rational, reasonable person consider my unemployment, and therefore my homelessness, to be my fault?

  1. Hey buddy, it seems that a certain lady wanted you to go to an office two more times this week. Perhaps you’re not the “big spender” that she thought you were. Oh, for “Sweet Charity”… But you might listen when she says “Hey big spender, spend a little time on me….”

  2. Things are bad for the unemployed. They probably will not get better until the United States starts joining in the various Chinese-backed development banks like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

  3. Actually it’s an old story… I remember that after I got out of school in 1979, after about 6 months it was hard to get any interviews. I imagine it’s even worse now… Luckily I decided to get work as a political activist, admittedly at a quite low rate.

  4. Reblogged this on News From the Bronx and commented:
    If we start building public housing again, we can house all the homeless. If they cannot care for themselves, they need the appropriate services, but many of them can take care of themselves. Time to get the Glass Steagall Act passed and stop bailing out the speculative banks.

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