Now Hiring: Everywhere You Didn't Want To Work

People who have been out of work for a long time in the recession are apparently starting to find that the worst job is better than no job at all.

They're lining up for jobs at places they once considered unthinkable: slaughterhouses, sewage plants and prisons.

This recession has been the most punishing job destroyer in at least 60 years, slashing a net total of 6.7 million jobs.

Kristen Thompson used to work at an upscale Los Angeles-area gym arranging pricey one-on-one personal training sessions.

Now she's a guard at a women's prison in rural Wyoming after spending months unsuccessfully looking for work, even at fast food restaurants.

More skilled and educated workers are filling clerical or restaurant jobs.

That's displaced unskilled workers and driven down wages for people who've kept their jobs.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2009 at 10:24 PM
    To S, location: ENC, those lowlife lazy bums you refer to have a huge following and politicians cater to them to get their vote.
  • by S Location: ENC on Aug 9, 2009 at 09:03 PM
    I have respect for anyone who WORKS!! Its those sitting on the porch collecting welfare & having babies every 9 months to collect additional checks that should be ashamed of themselves....and the most gagging thought of all is that we, the taxpayers who work, elect so-called representatives who reward these lowlife lazy bums....Remember that the next time you go in the voting booth...Out with all the incumbents and let's start over...we can't do much worse!!!
  • by worried Location: farmville on Aug 9, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    I work my BUTT OFF every day and sometimes on weekends. I make decent money... but right now I support the 2 of us. My wife has been out of work for 10 months because she is competing with people who normally would not be applying for the same jobs she is and in the mean time the cost of living continues to rise! What kind of game are they playing with us! We do our best, but the fact is we as a socity live a dual income life. Its what we have been conditioned to. But now that many people are out of work, we dont know how to live on 1 income. Its hard. Try living on $40 for a week before you get paid. I dont ask for much... just to pay my bills on time... ha what a joke that is. On time... yeah right. This has got to stop or there is going to be a strain on our socity.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 9, 2009 at 06:40 PM
    College graduates working outside their field (or far below it) is nothing new and it happened before the recession. A college education is no guarantee of riches, which is why for its price it really isn't a good deal. It's good to have if you had the money and paid for it up front, but not to pay back for the next 10-15 years (or more). As for the garbage hauler, I'd never put you down for your job, my wife and I together don't make $40 grand a year. Hmm, maybe I'm in the wrong field? But we're getting by and I'm happy, so it's OK. We've never taken handouts either.
  • by DRIVE Location: ONTHE ROAD on Aug 9, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    i drive a trash truck make 40,000. a year, people look at me like i am stupid, i do not mind a have money in my pocket ,and not on food stamps looking for a handout . NEVER PUT DOWN ANY JOB PEOPLE ARE DOING ,it is a job and they are working ,
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    lets buy some more chinese goods! GOD knows they need the jobs too, Thanks Wal-Mart
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Aug 9, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    Sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do. Shut your pie hole, do your job as best you can, support your family, but continue to look for a job in your field.
  • by Educated woman Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    SOB.. I swear, I've received my BS in two areas and my master's degree, also..if I lose my job and wind up shoveling trash or working in sewage or slaughter, I'm likely to go nuts. Nothing wrong with those jobs as someone needs to do them, but I didn't go to college for so long to do THAT. Heck, I may just throw morals to the wind for that matter and go dance in Greensboro! Lol... j/k...I joke, I joke..
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 8, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    At least its honest work. Work of this type in recent years has been done by the Hispanics coming over and doing jobs that no one else would do.If the free handouts were cut out, you would see a lot more people get off the porch and going to work doing these jobs.There ain't nothing like a few miss a meal cramps to motivate you!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 8, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    Closer to NC than Los Angeles or Wyoming, there are jobs in the Greenville area. It seems like the gas stations and fast food places are always looking for people. And with the expansion around Fire Tower, and in Winterville across from PCC, people will be needed to staff these stores. The service industry always needs people, too, from cable/satellite/phone installers, private security, etc. The thing is, that people don't realize, is that when you're looking for a job, you're making $0. When you're working a minimum-wage job, you're making minimum wage, which is a heck of a lot better than nothing, and can help tide you over until you find the job you "want". High turnover is expected in those jobs, just be sure to give 2 weeks' notice.
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