- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2014

Those who have been out of a job for more than a year are more likely to be depressed, a poll released Monday found.

About 1 in every 5 people who have been unemployed for 52 weeks or more report that they are either depressed or being treated for depression, according to the Gallup pool — almost double those who have been unemployed for just three to five weeks.

The poll suggested that being out of work longer could lead to a higher rate of health problems like depression or anxiety.

Almost six months after benefits expired for the long-term unemployed, Congress still hasn’t passed an extension and about 3 million people are suffering without the benefits. A retroactive five-month extension passed by the Senate earlier this year expired on June 1.