Reality Bites

Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Jobs & Unemployment

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Lelaina is valedictorian of her class but she has trouble finding a job in her field. In this scene she is having a conversation with her mother (Swoosie Kurtz) and father-in-law about a loan. Her mother suggests that Lelaina should take an entry-level job because the local economy is struggling. What type of unemployment does this scene illustrate (frictional, structural, or cyclical)? Why might someone who was successful in college struggle to find and keep a job upon graduation? Why does Lelaina’s father-in-law suggest to her that she omit her qualifications from her application?

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