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The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Feb. 11 2013, 2:22 PM EST

Last updated Monday, Feb. 11 2013, 5:08 PM EST

Canada’s labour market has largely healed from the recession, but long-term unemployment remains a blight.

The number of workers out of a job for six months or longer remains stubbornly high, according to Statistics Canada data compiled for The Globe and Mail.

More than one-quarter of a million Canadians were unemployed for 27 weeks or longer last year, almost double the levels of five years ago. The average duration of unemployment was 20.2 weeks in 2012, its second-highest in 13 years.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/long-term-unemployment-a-blight-despite-solid-gains-since-recession/article8449679/