Nobody knows for sure what happens to workers who have lost their jobs and have exhausted their state unemployment benefits.
“A lot of these people fall through the cracks,” said employment analyst George Erickcek of the W.E. Upjohn Employment Institute in Kalamazoo. “Our data collection is not that good on individuals who are in dire, dire straits.”
But Erickcek is sure of one thing. “As the economy is expected to lose jobs in manufacturing in 2007 and 2008, you can see that the future doesn’t look good for many of these individuals.”
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