Stuck in unemployment

Few long-term unemployed who lost their benefits after shortened eligibility periods kicked in this January have found work, according to new figures from Arbejdsmarkedsstyrelsen, that national labour market regulator. Of the 18,000 people who lost their right to dagpenge during the first six months of the year, just 8.9 percent have landed a job. Among those who lost their dagpenge rights in January, the figure was 5.9 percent, reinforcing fears that the longer individuals are unemployed the less likely it is they will find work. “By the looks of it, people are getting stuck in the unemployment line and finding themselves excluded almost entirely from the labour market,” Verner Sand Kirk, the head of unemployment insurance interest group AK-samvirke, said. – Jyllands-Posten