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April 02, 2009

CHINA : There are about 5.5 million people graduating from college in China this year, and more than 1 million of them probably won't be able to find a job, leading to fear of social instability in the world's most populous nation. Marketplace radio reports on this example of the unemployment problem's global reach.

NEW YORK : Associated Press reports that dozens of unemployed people took part in the Unemployment Olympics on Tuesday, playing games such as Pin the Blame on the Boss and the corporate phone toss. The Manhattan event, organized by a laid-off computer programmer, was decidedly low-tech, with most games arranged with the help of cardboard, children's paint and chalk.

CALIFORNIA : One response to recession and unemployment is to reach back to a very old way of doing business: the barter system. The Contra Costa Times reports that the ranks of those turning to cashless commerce, with varied levels of sophistication and success, is on the rise.

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