Recession Depression: Unemployed Can’t Even Apply for Most Job Postings

Job postings show that companies are now discriminating against people on unemployment.

Recession Depression: Unemployed Can't Even Apply for Most Job Postings

Unemployment has been ugly for people of all ages over the course of the past few years. The economic downturn has affected everyone in some way. College grads couldn’t find respectable jobs and opted to prostitute themselves on the Internet. High school kids can’t even land a gig driving the Good Humor truck. Even billionaires cut loose a yacht or sold their alternate summer compound in Fiji.

However those aren’t the age brackets still struggling. The post-college job market recovered. High school kids went back to mowing lawns and working at Shop Rite, and billionaires started buying Caribbean islands again.

Nevertheless the millions of Americans who lost their jobs during the recession are still struggling to find employment opportunities. According to the New York Times their luck won’t improve anytime soon.

Job postings on popular employment websites like,, and Craigslist have specified that viable candidates must be either currently employed or have been recently let go. This is a problem for the millions of Americans living on unemployment and trying to reclaim their former lives.

Unfortunately, there is nothing currently illegal about making this stipulation in job postings. It doesn’t violate any discrimination laws like blatant racism or ageism. New Jersey is currently the only state that has outlawed these kinds of employment advertisements.

“Even if Congress passed a measure forbidding companies from making current employment a requirement for job applicants, companies could still simply decide not to hire people who are out of work. Discrimination would be difficult to prove.

After all, there are legitimate reasons that many long-term unemployed workers may not be desirable job candidates. In some cases they may have been let go early in the recession, not just because business had slowed, but because they were incompetent.

Idle workers’ skills may atrophy, particularly in dynamic industries like technology. They may lose touch with their network of contacts, which is important for people in sales. Beaten down by months of rejection and idleness, they may not interview well or easily return to a 9-to-5 schedule.”

Basically what the New York Times is trying to say is if you’re on unemployment you’re probably fucked. No one will hire you. Quit trying. Start doing a 50,000 piece jigsaw puzzles to pass the time until you die. Put all your hope in the Mega Millions.

The average American on unemployment is stuck in that financial limbo for nine months. During that period of rejection it’s easy to grow complacent and angry at your situation. However when you finally get a job or an interview I’d think most people who were on unemployment would work harder than their peers. After the rust is scraped off, common sense would think that their appreciation and diligence would make them ideal employees.

Of course businesses don’t see things the same way, and until they do the unemployed will continue to struggle and play this never-ending game of catch-22.

[NY Times]