07/18/2010 - Longtime software developer Malinda Ward has a Drexel degree in computer science. But after 17 months without a job, the programs she looks at today have more to do with feeding her family than with managing a company's network capabilities.
She now knows, for example, that on Thursdays a homeless shelter in Coatesville distributes "extra vegetables, or they'll hand out some food that has expired that day." Free bread and cakes are available another day.
A Pew study says half of those, 3.4 million, have been unemployed for more than a year. And that's by a conservative measure, not counting those who are working part time because they can't find full-time jobs or are too discouraged to look.
Read the entire article Philadelphia-Area Jobless Look to This Week's Senate Vote on Extending Benefits on the Philadelphia Inquirer Web site.