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Bernstein With a Twist
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I get a little tired when I hear people say nobody’s hiring.

Barack Obama’s hiring. The Dodgers want to hire Manny for $15 million next year.

And over at the Riverside branch of the county’s Workforce Development Center (or unemployment office), a large tablet, much like you might see in a restaurant, announced the Job du Jour: ”

The job? Laborer. Salary: $8 per hour. Up to 300 people trudge through this office each day.

“We have people who come in who are very distraught,” said Maria Muldrow, a workforce center manager. What they discover, she says, is an agency that, since July, has “enrolled” up to 8,000 job seekers in a full-court program to identify their skills, upgrade them and get them “job-ready.”

How many jobs have the job-ready landed? Right now, they don’t know.

Sounds like a great model, this one-on-one customer service. But when you’re dealing with 9.1 percent unemployment, sometimes even the job-ready are jobless.
Episode Date: November 14, 2008
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