A recent study of job sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder, Craigslist and others show that employers seeking to hire don't want anyone out of work. Only those currently employed or recently laid off should apply, the New York Times reports.
Why? The unemployed are often out of touch with the latest technology, they don't have Rolodex's bulging with updated clients ready to bring in money, and some are probably lying on their resumes anyway, the newspaper finds.
"Idle workers' skills may atrophy, particularly in dynamic industries like technology. They may lose touch with their network of contacts, which is important for people in sales. Beaten down by months of rejection and idleness, they may not interview well or easily return to a 9-to-5 schedule," the Times reports.
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One expert appears to have coined a new terms for the scenario.
"We may be seeing what's called statistical discrimination," says Robert Shimer, a labor economist at the University of Chicago, according to the Times.
"On average, these workers might be less attractive, and employers don't bother to look more closely to pick out the good ones."
Legally, there's nothing stopping a company from going after employed people only, legal experts say.
Officially, the unemployment rate stands at 9.2 percent, according to June figures, although over half of all Americans are out of work when computing the employment-population ratio.
Only 58.2 percent of American adults are employed, according to The Atlantic.
Prior to the recent recession, the ratio was above 63 percent.
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