Finally, print reporters looking to translate this into text: read Michael Luo’s recent New York Times piece on the hardcore unemployed—those who are so discouraged from months and years of not finding work that they’ve given up looking—and don’t get counted in the unemployment data.

That’s how it’s done.

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