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Unemployment Study: NPR, Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Reveals Who Helps Jobless Most (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 12/22/11 04:28 PM ET   Updated: 12/22/11 05:47 PM ET

Unemployed individuals typically get by with a little help from their friends -- and family -- a new poll says.

Forty-three percent of unemployed people say they've received help from family and friends, according to an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation study. On the other end of the spectrum, just 10 percent people says they've received help primarily from a nonprofit.

About 70 percent of unemployed people say they haven't received any help from nonprofits or community groups. Reasons may include lack of knowledge about available resources or a need for things outside of what nonprofits can provide, according Liz Hamel of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

"So they may be looking for specific job placement services or help with job training and may be having difficulty finding that in their local community," Hamel said.

A record number of people who now fall into the poor or low-income categories, the Associated Press recently reported. Programs such as food stamps and tax credits have helped stem an even greater rise, but often times low-income families' salaries exceed the threshold for aid, according to the AP.

Unemployment, which fell to 8.6 percent in November topped the list of causes of hunger in cities nationwide, the AP reports.

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