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Fox News alert on the monthly jobs report -- -- rate ticked up.
To seven point 6% and bank breaking news now -- new numbers for the month of April employers adding a hundred.
Jobs with still two and a half million jobs short of well we what in 2007.
But today's report he got a call it solid these are bad and numbers.
There's been a lot of talk about improving employment numbers but the reality is still almost unspeakable.
For those people have been out of work long term.
I didn't long term unemployed for four years and then being unemployed since the first time hundred resume -- -- might get one interview.
Every once a while I do have my.
My loans I am facing foreclosure on my home my life -- a house of cards just waiting for.
-- breakdowns -- political alert to see her something like that.
These are all people who've been out of work for over a year and in most cases two and three years.
Seven have been selected to be part of platform to employment.
A five week program that tries to help get these people back to work.
Through retraining and work based.
-- one -- -- more appalling.
Aspects of this post recession period and there are many but one of the ones that are really bugging me.
That most people don't associate real families.
Real people with these statistics.
The statistics are startling with an estimated four and a half million out of work long term accounting for nearly 40% of people out of work.
Almost half of them are over the age of fifty and -- the long term unemployment number has gone down over the last year.
Many believe it's not because people found jobs but because people have given up looking altogether.
Joseph -- the founder of platforms that appointment says the problem is -- -- cyclical.
The longer you're out of work the less likely it is that someone wants to hire you.
And it's and that their own confidence in your abilities begins to -- yeah.
The critical point is when -- hear from -- point on you just no longer feel like.
You have what it takes to compete so you're self confidence begins to.
Really start to track so at a time when you need to be -- your best.
Because of the intensity of competition in this market.
You're carrying one bird and after another after an -- Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal is one of the biggest supporters on Capitol Hill trying to help the long term unemployed eight.
There's been a lot of attention of at the last.
Two to three years that while there has been a lot of news coverage it doesn't really seem like much has changed long term unemployed.
-- is still very high and these people are still desperate to find work.
The fact of long term unemployment in the numbers that we see the magnitude is so Iraq.
He's really a call to action for the country it is every bit and it is execution in its threat to our.
Security our economic security as any problem we face and that's why training.
Are so vital.
In the last two years senator Blumenthal has sponsored measures including the -- back to work program.
Which would give similar opportunities that the privately funded.
Platform to employment program offers but the legislation has not been passed.
He says it's extremely frustrating.
Jamie -- back also feels frustrated she managed to 250.
Person call center for more than a decade.
Until she lost her job in 2010.
She says all she wants is to get back to work.
But she knows it's not that easy the odds of a person landing a job after being out of work more than a year are not -- it.
In fact according to statistics.
You've only got a 10% chance each month.
Mean what he says do you go on interviews that the staffing agency -- -- on and that you never hear from them.
-- call -- repeatedly in the past just for them and they never quite -- -- East Coast bank you know island but everybody here it's depressing.
And it's defeating and it's -- and there's morning's Regis hey you know every ounce of energy it takes to just even time.
I was sort of pigeonhole myself as a sportswriter.
But they set I had skills that -- transitional Bob -- he knows how hard it can get.
After 29 years working at the sports writer he was laid off in 2000 night.
And while he immediately started looking.
He was out of work for 1044.
Days I was out of work for so long.
And it it was almost like professionally I it was like I was adrift at sea.
And I was just treading water and hanging in there and kinda like.
Hang out to apply greening got into the platform to employment program and contacts there he got a job with metro north.
Miley took a pay cut he says he was deleted to get -- of what he calls unemployment islands.
Employers or potential employers look -- you've been out of work of the stigma and the longer I was out of work.
The more frustrating it -- because people wouldn't return people return calls anymore.
And people it's it's like you're just out there adrift and nobody's there to help you.
-- bones PDE program which is sponsored by big names like AARP and Wal-Mart.
-- -- rolled out in ten cities across the country this year.
But while there has been more than a thousand applicants so far their only between twenty and 25 coveted spots per session.
-- Thigpen who is one of the people chosen to be part of the latest PD class that started this week.
Says after being out of work for more than a year being picked to be part of the program has given him the one thing he needed most.
Hope we all are the same people we're all in this -- believer in that and we're -- I have to get ourselves artist.
And so we're gonna have to be determined maybe even more determined than we've ever been.
And our entire lives.
We have to reach deep stay focused.
And I don't -- -- out of the sound went.
But I know I'm gonna come out of it one way or another and hopefully.
Reporting in New York -- -- Fox Business.
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