Job applicants wait in a long line at a job fair in San Jose, Calif. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are dropping and companies may be stepping up hiring.
Job applicants wait in a long line at a job fair in San Jose, Calif. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are dropping and companies may be stepping up hiring. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma
Job applicants wait in a long line at a job fair in San Jose, Calif. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are dropping and companies may be stepping up hiring. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Economists: Long-term joblessness is national emergency

April 24, 2013 5:36 PM