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Unemployed and living far away from jobs

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A swath of millions of Americans have been jobless for a year or more: the hard-core unemployed. Among the causes for their stubborn unemployment is a lack of skills, a drug habit, or a felony record.

Between the lines: But there is another, largely overlooked reason: Many of these unemployed people simply can't — or won't — go where the jobs are.

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