RECOVERY BUMMER: Face of unemployment changes as thousands of Knoxvillians hunt for long-term work. “Even though he has two years of college from The Citadel, eight years in the U.S. Army during which he worked on helicopters and had top-secret clearance, and owned his own business, Lyke said he couldn’t even get a job at Taco Bell.”
“There is such a broad range of people who are unemployed,” Arthur said. “It’s not what people have thought of as the stereotypical long-term unemployed. We have one lady with three master’s degrees, some with PhDs.”
And unemployment is “only” 7.5% in Knox County, which is substantially better than the national average. Meanwhile, Barack Obama is only interested in saving one job at the moment.