The staffing company Express Employment Professionals recently released a poll that stated 47 percent of the unemployed Americans agreed with the statement, "I've completely given up on looking for a job."
However, according to the poll, 91 percent agreed with this statement, “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months."
Only 20 percent of the Americans surveyed said they currently get unemployment insurance.
46 percent say there are no available jobs.
The Atlantic reported on a study last year which found that U.S. companies are much more likely to hire people who have not been unemployed for long periods of times.
However, Fox News' "Outnumbered" co-host Sandra Smith blames the "laziness" of unemployed workers "who are accepting unemployment benefits for long periods of time," reported MediaMatters.org (video below).
Smith referenced the poll from Express Employment Professionals, and attacked President Obama, who has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses in the U.S.
"We do not have a business-friendly administration right now," agued Smith. "We are not growing jobs, GDP growth is flat, it's 0.1 percent. You cannot grow jobs out of thin air. You have to have growth in the country for jobs and for hiring to happen."
Smith failed to mention that Republicans killed the extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for 1.3 million Americans last December. FiveThirtyEight.com noted that of those people who lost their benefits, only 24 percent have been able to find work.
Smith also did not include the fact that Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's job bill, the American Jobs Act, in 2011, reported the Washington Monthly.
Sources: ExpressPros.com, Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, MediaMatters.org, FiveThirtyEight.com