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Sudden Layoffs

So many people were suddenly laid off in March and April that the average number of weeks people were unemployed plunged to 6.1. That was an all-time low. 

Longer-term charts show more ominous trends. 

Weeks Unemployed 1999-2020

Of Those Unemployed 1999-present for 2020-09

The average number of weeks someone is unemployed tends to peak long after a recession has ended. 

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A long-term chart shows this more clearly.

Weeks Unemployed 1948-2020

Of Those Unemployed 1948-present for 2020-09

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Trends suggest the average duration of unemployment will skyrocket for years.