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Prising's biggest concern is that many of the unemployed get left behind in today's leaner, more educated economy. In addition to what Prising calls the "unprecedented" long-term unemployment rate, he also points to a high youth unemployment rate. About 25 percent of teenagers are currently unemployed. "There's a clear bifurcation between the 'haves' and the 'have nots,'" he says. "You have large parts of the population that just aren't employable."

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