Infographic: More Recovery Ahead For the Long-Term Unemployed

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FILE - Dozens of people line up to seek a job at the Wells Fargo call center in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The government reports at 8:30 a.m. EDT on the number of people who applied for first-time unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Thomas Patterson)AP

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When it comes to the unemployment rate in the United States, there is more to the numbers than meets the eye. Yes, the unemployment rate number has been inching down but the number of people looking for work for six months or more is unusually large. About 40 percent or 3.7 million of all people unemployed have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks, and that doesn't even count the number of people who have given up looking for a job.

While the ranks of the long-term unemployed have dropped since its 6.6 million peak in 2010, more Americans today have gone without a job for a longer period than any other time since the 1930's.