America’s long-term unemployed: ‘For those looking for work, it’s very bleak’

by Dominic Rushe

Before the birth of her fourth child, Keron Bartholomew decided she needed to be near her family in Orlando, Florida. Her partner, Fernando Bogle, was still in college in New York, and was hoping to become a pharmacist. He planned to join them when he graduated. But within a year of her move in 2009, Keron had lost her job. Bogle left school to find a job, but couldn’t, and by the end of the year the family was homeless. “It’s been a rat race ever since,” said Bogle.