Young people who've been out of work for a year or more probably will not be applying for the next job you post.

Research by the Harris Corp., conducted on behalf of Express Employment Professionals, shows that about half the folks who've been unemployed for a long period of time say they've quit looking for work. These individuals tend to be young males, and they're not getting unemployment benefits.

The Harris Poll found that most of these long-term unemployed claim the job market is just too competitive these days. Some of them might restart their job search if their unemployment benefits ran out. But this only applies to 82 percent of the 20 percent who say they're getting unemployment comp. How the rest of them are surviving remains up in the air; Harris didn't ask.

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