One little factoid you don't often hear about in the government's monthly unemployment rolls -- marital status.
It turns out that in the current economic downturn, about 62 percent of the roughly 1.85 million Americans who have been unemployed more than six months are single, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., based on a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Chicago-based firm theorizes a surge in the number of single mothers and widowed seniors entering the work market since the last recession 11 years ago is responsible for the rise in unemployed singles.
Other factors: companies looking for more experienced workers, who tend to be older and married; continued hiring discrimination against gays and lesbians and companies seeking those with more specialized skills, which come with age.
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