Preface; Introduction; Part I. Facts and Figures: 1. The aims of the study; 2. Long unemployment before the slump; 3. Depression and recovery; 4. The sample introduced; Part II. The Sample Study: A. Unemployment in the six towns; B. The long unemployed; 1. Physical problems: the background of poverty; 2. Psychological problems: attitude towards unemployment; 3. Moral problems: the sense of independence and respectability; Part III. Particular Issues: 1. The wage problem; 2. The older men; 3. The younger men; Part IV. Unemployment among Women: 1. General issues; 2. Blackburn; 3. Liverpool: a problem of employability; 4. The voluntary agencies and the women's problem; Part V. The Social Service Movement: 1. General problems of the clubs; 2. The clubs and their members in the six towns: the residential centres; 3. Special schemes; 4. The future; Appendix 1. Residual and industrial unemployment; Appendix 2. The case record card; Appendix 3. The state agencies and the long unemployed; Appendix 4. Money requirements of the 'George' poverty standard; Appendix 5. Statistical tables; Index.