Information like this story courtesy of Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times Recession's Untold Story. It surrounds a job vacancy as a dog-kennel assistant.
"It's not most people's dream job," Palumbo laughs. "Usually I get high-school kids applying. Or maybe a college kid for the summer. I've never seen anything like this."
Two weeks ago Palumbo posted a want ad on Craigslist for a part-time dog-kennel assistant.
So far, 260 people have applied.
I remember a few years ago when farms, kennels and horse outfits had trouble finding any workers, other than undocumented immigrants. So Palumbo went through the résumés with me, obscuring the names. I wanted to know: Who now wants to be a dog-kennel assistant?
A laid-off graphic designer applied. So did a freelance photographer. Two out-of-work teachers sent résumés. Remarkably, so did someone in their mid-40s who had worked as a financial controller at an environmental-services company.
"There are a few people in here, such as accountants, who are so overqualified for this job," Palumbo said. "I know people just want to work but I don't think it would make much sense for me to hire them."
The rest of the applicants read like a recession roll call.
There are past customer-service reps from WaMu, AT&T, J.C. Penney and Sprint. A slew of retail clerks and cashiers, as well as out-of-work waiters. The biggest group, by far, is dozens of laborers, construction workers, landscapers and maintenance workers.
And the money quote
Yup, Bernanke must be right, recession's over! Move along readers, nothing to see here.
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