The Economy Permanent Pink Slips

Even if the recession ends, structural changes in many industries mean that many of those laid off won't be invited back

Marley and Frances Kendall have little to celebrate this Labor Day. Marley, 55, lost his job as a Four Star Bus Lines driver last May. Two months later, Frances, 45, was out of work when the state of Minnesota shut an unemployment- claims office where she had been a clerk for nearly 15 years. The double whammy has forced their son Marley Jr. to drop out of college and the Kendalls to move from their cherished lakeside home near the town of Ely to the Sunbelt to look for jobs. The prospect of uprooting is especially painful, Frances says, "when you've...

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