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Writer DW Gibson traveled across the country in search of the Great Recession’s victims. The result: Not Working, a portrait of America’s 21st-century unemployed. Here are a few of the tales he came home with.

Over the summer and fall of 2011, I drove across the country from southern California to New York City. I made the trip with filmmaker MJ Sieber, playwright Mallery Avidon, and — when she could escape her job — my wife, Tasha Garcia Gibson.

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Since 1983, employees of Lancaster Employment & Training Agency have been helping out-of-work Lancaster County residents find jobs.

Come July 1, the 36 current LETA employees could need help finding jobs for themselves, alongside the unemployed 1,200 they assist each week.

The executive committee of Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board on Tuesday voted to recommend the county commissioners award contracts to two companies for administering employment assistance programs here.

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Why can't you give my dad a job?The jobless rate increased to 6.8 percent in February from January’s 6.7 percent, the state announced Monday.

It was the first increase in the unemployment rate here since July and only the second jump in a year.

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State unemployment benefits in the crosshairs; state budget crisis may force reduction in benefits

March 26, 2011

The jobless may soon find their state unemployment check is not in the mail. A growing number of states are looking to cut back on jobless benefits to minimize the increase in unemployment taxes businesses pay. State officials are concerned that these tax hikes could deter companies from hiring. Read the CNNMoney article.

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My 99 weeks are finally up: my unemployment runs out, still haven’t landed a job

March 21, 2011

I learned today that this week is my last week for unemployment compensation: my 99 weeks are up. While grateful the financial help over the past two years, the occasion marks both an anniversary and a sad reality.

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Job hunting expenses can be tax deductible

February 9, 2011

Unemployed job seekers are entitled to some tax breaks, but most people have only a hazy idea of what they are. Let’s say you’re out of work and buy new clothes — and, while you’re at it, get a new haircut — for job interviews. Then suppose you use your home office as a base, […]

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American Home closing will eliminate 112 jobs in Lancaster County

January 30, 2011

Tower Bancorp’s decision to close its American Home Bank will cost 112 workers here their jobs, the state disclosed Thursday. Harrisburg-based Tower said Wednesday that it will shut most of AHB by March 31 and all of it by June 30 after efforts to sell it failed. But a Tower spokeswoman did not respond to […]

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