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Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman about the effect government subsidies for workers' wages in both the private and public sector.
Stella Shaffer was a commercial radio news director in Iowa. Now she works at a Medicaid call center in Oregon. Like many professionals right now, she's overqualified for the job, but would still rather be working. Mitchell Hartman reports.
When it comes to the job losses Americans are suffering through, it's been said that this has been very much a "middle-class" recession. That's because it's hit a broad number of industries. And many workers may never catch up to the career level they were before. Mitchell Hartman has the story of one worker who has had to start over.
Getting back into the job market proves tough for workers in Chicago struggling against record-breaking trends in long-term unemployment.
Once you're out of work in this recession, you're almost out of luck. Long-term unemployment hasn't been this bad since the 1940s. Job applicants are having to look longer and beat out more competition. Employers, meanwhile, have found ways to get things done without having to hire. Mitchell Hartman reports.