- In President Obama's State of the Union address, he should look at solutions for the jobless
- The longer people have been out of work, the harder it is to find a job
- We must have policy that stops discrimination against the long-term unemployed
Rachel Black is a senior policy analyst with the Asset Building Program at New America. Aleta Sprague is a former policy analyst with the program and a writer/editor at the World Policy Analysis Center. This is the third in a series, "Big Ideas for a New America," in which the think tank New America spotlights experts' solutions to the nation's greatest challenges. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)In just two years, Bonita went from full-time work to a part of the new underclass of unemployed. The longer it's been since she was forced to leave her job with the Boston Housing Authority, the harder it gets to return to the ranks of the employed.