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Politics Podcast: How Long The Unemployment Pain Could Last

The April jobs report, released Friday, revealed that a record share of Americans — 14.7 percent — were unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The country has not seen unemployment levels this high since the Great Depression. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Erica Groshen, former commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, discusses the data under the top-line unemployment number and how long the pain could last.

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Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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