Give the Unemployed a Second Chance

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Media Outlet: CNN

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague wrote an article for CNN on finding work after long periods of unemployment:

Workers may invest years in their education and acquiring the skills that make them successful at their jobs -- only to be rejected because of factors beyond their control. Not only can this create a scarring effect that can permanently diminish their earning potential, it also results in a tremendous loss of human capital at a time when the economy is still struggling to recover.


Rachel Black is the co-director of the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. In this role, she leads research, analysis, and public commentary around a portfolio of issues devoted to creating a more equitable public policy approach to  advancing a new vision for social policy that allows all families to thrive in an era of growing risk, uncertainty, and inequality.

Aleta Sprague is a program fellow with the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America.