'Why Us?': A Year After Being Laid Off, Millions Are Still Unemployed

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Janitor Gloria Espinoza still vividly remembers the moment she was laid off last year. A supervisor gathered her and her colleagues at a parking lot of the office where she worked in San Francisco and then broke the news. "I thought, 'God, why us?'," Espinoza said. "It was like receiving a bucket of cold water." Months later, Espinoza is still unemployed and part of a worrying economic statistic: While the labor market is showing signs of recovery, millions who lost jobs at the beginning of the pandemic a year ago are still out of the labor force. According to the monthly jobs report released on Friday, more than 4 million people had been unemployed for six months or more in February, a surge of 3 million over the past year. Those who are...

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'Why Us?': A Year After Being Laid Off, Millions Are Still Unemployed

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