UNEMPLOYMENT: America's New Jobless: The Frustration of Idleness

I need a job. Don't care what it is or how much pay. Am very eager to learn. Ask for Dave.

So read a plaintive ad in the Wilmington News and Journal papers, Delaware's two statewide dailies, which last week opened their classified pages to the unemployed free of charge. The response from the unemployed was startling. "We were expecting 400, maybe 500 ads at most," says Classified Manager Thomas P. Grant Jr. In the first week, 1,095 jobless people—secretaries and executives, graphic artists and truck drivers, bartenders, librarians and engineers—sent in their...

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