Just about everything Jacob Brashier owns is packed into his tiny economy car. After the 24-year-old was fired from his job at an assisted-living management facility on June 19, he was evicted from his home because he couldn’t afford rent. Brashier was able to avoid having his car repossessed, he says, because his auto financing company was willing to work out an arrangement in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He applied for unemployment, but he claims his application has been delayed for “some unknown reason.”

“All my claims just keep saying ‘in progress,’” he explains over the phone.

Brashier has been sleeping on friends’ couches while he looks for work, but a lead has been hard to come by. When he wakes up every day, the first thing he does is log onto the job search website Indeed.com to see what’s out there, but with an estimated 30 million unemployed in the U.S. amid what’s projected to be the worst global recession since World War II, almost nothing is.

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