About Long-term Unemployment

While the economy is improving overall, 3 in 10 of New Jersey’s unemployed job seekers – over 66,000 individuals – are long-term unemployed, meaning that they have been unemployed for over six months. In fact, New Jersey has one of the highest long-term unemployment rates in the United States.

Percentage of Unemployed Workers Out of Work for 27+ Weeks


Three quarters of New Jersey’s long-term unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, and about half of them are over the age of 45.
Research has found that the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is to get a job. There is evidence that employers prefer job candidates who are currently working or who only recently became unemployed to those who have been out of work for extended stretches, even when the individuals have relevant experience. Being an older job seeker can be challenging, yet there are few resources specifically designed to assist older long-term unemployed workers. The New Start Career Network was launched in 2015 to help fill this gap.