Jobless Outnumber Jobs, 6-1

Ratio hits worst level since recording began in 2000
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2009 10:38 AM CDT
In this Sept. 10, 2009 photo, Robbin Williams, second left, of Moorestown, NJ, talks with recruiter Paul Doria, second right, at a job fair in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Even as the US pulls out of the recession, the ranks of the out-of-work have swelled to 14.5 million people, leaving six jobless people vying for every available job—the worst ratio since the Labor Department began keeping track in 2000. "There's too much uncertainty out there," says one economist who says with no surefire source of growth in sight, businesses aren't hiring.
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