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BY SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she’d found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications.

But Forte, a 55-year-old from Cleveland, said a recruiter for an employment agency told her that she would not be considered for the job because she had been out of work too long. She had lost her job driving a bus.

“They didn’t even want to hear about my experience,” Forte said. “It didn’t make sense. You’re always told, ‘Just go out there and get a job.”

Forte, scraping by as a part-time substitute school bus driver, is part of a growing number of unemployed or underemployed Americans who complain they are being screened out of job openings for the very reason they’re looking for work in the first place. Some companies and job agencies prefer applicants who already have jobs or haven’t been jobless too long.


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Aren’t things supposed to get better during a recovery?

The unemployment rate here rose for the fourth straight month in August, hitting 7.3 percent, the state said Monday.

With the surge from July’s 6.9 percent, the jobless rate has bounced back to its December level, erasing months of progress. The July-to-August increase is the biggest month-to-month gain since the uptick from January 2009 to February 2009. “It’s not encouraging,” said Bill Sholly, an analyst with the state Department of Labor & Industry.

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After suffering through several years of dismal summer job markets, not only will there be more hourly positions this year, but they will pay better.

More than half of hiring managers, or 55%, said they plan to hire seasonal workers this summer, according to the survey released Thursday from hourly job site That’s the highest percentage since SnagAJob started the survey four years ago.

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