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Well then, on Monday, somewhere between a low of 5,000 to a high of 9,000 people lined up on the exposed shoulder of Kenmount Road and snaked for all I know half way to Colinet merely to have a peep or a possibility of finding some work more than half a continent away. 9,000 people would be a massive number if they were lining up in downtown Montreal or Toronto, but 9,000 people from teenagers to those who only dream of being teens again lining up in Newfoundland says more than a couple of things.Rex Murphy
Point of ViewNov 2, 2006
Last January, 25,000 people applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart in Chicago.from
The Blair Doctrine: Blood & Money
By John Pilger
November 03, 2006
Several thousand people — mostly young, black and Hispanic — had shown up to apply for fewer than 200 positions, only 65 of them full-time jobs. They came, they said, because of a phrase that had leapt out of the advertisements for the jobs: “on-the-spot hiring.” But there were too many people clogging the sidewalk outside the building on Eighth Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets where the company was conducting interviews, and everyone was abruptly told to go home and mail in the job applications.
Tamika Jones, 28, a Brooklyn mother of three school-age children, looked at the faces of other disappointed job-seekers and said: “This is what unemployment looks like in New York City. I wanted to cry.”
Alphonzo Puzie, 31, from the Bronx, used to work in a laundry and is desperate for work. “I was very disappointed,” he said. “It burns the spirit.”
Many had arranged for baby sitters, traveled from other boroughs and New Jersey, and lined up as early as 1 a.m., only to be told eventually that there were no more jobs being offered that day.A Job Prospect Lures, Then Frustrates, ThousandsBy ANTHONY RAMIREZNew York TimesPublished: November 4, 2006
A rich and humane society can afford a minimum subsistence income for everyone without imposing conditions and obligations. If everyone has a basic sum on which he or she can fall back either in times of adversity or in order to withdraw partly or fully from the normal labour markets in order to engage in some less rewarded activity whether altruistic, artistic or personal, a few of the beneficiaries may well choose to become California surfers. I would argue that he or should be able to do so in a free society and that the cost of such dropping out to the rest of us is unlikely to be intolerable.Samuel Brittan