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Friday Funnies: Still Unemployed

The U.S. economy created a measly 69,000 jobs last month, and unemployment benefits are about to run out for 70,000 long-term unemployed Americans who will join the ranks of nearly 500,000 long-term unemployed Americans who have lost their unemployment benefits so far this year. Ouch. Good thing the Facebook IPO will keep our tepid recovery afloat, right? Oh wait, nevermind.

Amid our crazy rollercoaster of economic hope and despair comes this little video clip about all the things to do when you've been out of work for a long time. Actually, I can't decide if this clip is all that funny, because it just might hit a little too close to home for many long-term unemployed people. After all, you could probably be in the running for the minimum wage job of your dreams today if you would just get yourself some motivation, even though your last job (two years ago) paid $75,000 a year and you have a master's degree. Or a doctorate degree. But an advanced degree would make you way too overqualified, wouldn't it? Sigh.

One thing is for sure, though: the Great Recession isn't over for far too many people. Beatings of the long-term unemployed will continue until morale improves, but at least your hair will look good while you talk to your dog, get drunk, and pretend to work on your balcony.

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