The View From Your Recession

A reader writes:

I work for a small municipality that serves 40,000 people. As our fiscal year restarted in October we had about 10 jobs open up, ranging from Public Works ($12/hr) to policeman/woman ($42k/yr) to Jailer ($15/hr) to PD Dispatch ($14.50/hr). These aren't high paying jobs, though benefits are included. I am here to tell you that I have never, in my 10 years here, seen so many people come in to apply for a job. We are getting ALL types of people, most of whom I know have a zero chance of getting hired just by the looks of them (I know, a bit judgmental, but believe me, it's that obvious). Every day HR is processing gobs of applications. An HR rep just told me they have gotten about 400 apps for the 10 positions that have been open since October 1. And 80% of them won't even qualify for consideration, based on a municipalities stricter hiring guidelines.

Makes clear to me that at least one demographic is getting hit hard, the working poor.