Many workers who lost jobs in late 1981 and so far this year are finding new ones.
Government figures show the median period of joblessness of US workers was 8. 5 weeks in April, only one week more than it was in 1981 when the economy was stronger.
Those figures offer cold comfort to the 10 million who are out of work. But to government analysts they are an indication that jobs are being created, although not yet at the rate needed to balance job losses from the recession.
According to Labor Department statistics, April job surveys showed almost 40 percent of the unemployed were without work for less than five weeks before being recalled by employers or finding new jobs.