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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A newly released report indicates that those who are single are far more likely to be unemployed than those who are in relationships.

Insee, a French national statistics institute, discovered that unemployment was significantly higher in single citizens than it was in those who were part of a couple, the country’s public radio station RFI is reporting.

“We can imagine that living as a couple and having children gives you more incentive to find a job,” Fabrice Langlart, who serves as social statistics director for Insee, was quoted as saying.

The 2011 report specified that 95 percent of men ages 30 to 54 who were in relationships had jobs, as opposed to 77 percent of single men in the same age group. For women between 30 and 54, 94 percent of those committed to another person were employed, while just 78 percent of single women had jobs, the station additionally learned.

If true, the trend could prove troublesome for many in the United States, where job claims have risen, largely due to the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Applications for unemployment benefits rose to an 18-month high in the first week of November, driven by a surge in applications in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Such applications have fallen sharply since. But the increase earlier this month will likely depress job growth for November. Many economists predict that net job growth for November will range between 25,000 and 75,000 — well below the 171,000 jobs added in October.

The fate of America’s economy could also be in jeopardy as the fiscal cliff grows closer – and with it, the deadline for both parties to resolve their philosophical differences regarding economic policy. The combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that would come with going over the cliff could spike unemployment and bring on a new recession.

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