A study published in the New York Times shows that the long-term unemployed are disheartened, but despite their troubles they continue to believe in the American dream.
Many have emotional and mental health problems, in addition to the obvious financial issues: joining social security early, with the lifelong diminution of benefits, facing foreclosures, giving up dreams of college education for their children. The unemployed population reported more pessimism about the economy than Americans as a whole. Still, more than half believed that they would find a job, some believing they’d find a good job, in the next year. Part of the optimism seems to come from the third of those who are being retrained into a different career path.