How long-term unemployment is demolishing the US middle class, one couple at a time

The Decline of the “Two Breadwinner” Family: How Long-Term Unemployment Threatens to Demolish the Middle Class
By Louis Uchitelle, The Nation
Posted on May 8, 2011, Printed on May 10, 2011

Keith Baudendistel counts himself lucky. The reason is convoluted. He is, after all, unemployed, having lost his factory job in East St. Louis nearly three and a half years ago.That puts him easily among the 6.1 million Americans labeled by the government as long-term unemployed. What makes Baudendistel lucky is that his wife works. And her second income, which once made the couple comfortable, is now in effect their unemployment insurance.

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