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Need to Know, October 8, 2010: A special report on the jobs crisis

This week on Need to Know, we bring you a special hour-long focus on jobs, with an in-depth look at the unemployment crisis through the perspectives of different people struggling to find work. And in between each segment, our hosts Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart are joined by Robert Reich, former labor secretary in the Clinton administration, and Sara Horowitz, founder and CEO of the Freelancers Union, to provide perspective and offer potential solutions to the joblessness crisis.

For more on unemployment in America, check out this interactive guide to how joblessness cuts across age ranges. Watch our online interview with Don Peck, of The Atlantic magazine, about the consequences of joblessness for young people. And share your own stories from the recession in our Pitch Room.

Watch the individual segments:
The new poor

Need to Know profiles a Portland, Ore. couple who have lost their business and cannot find work. When we meet them, they’re selling off their possessions in an effort to avoid losing their home.
Generation jobless

Need to Know looks at two younger people, “millennials” as they’re called, who are struggling to start their careers. For more on unemployment across age ranges, check out this interactive guide to the jobless crisis. And watch our online interview with Don Peck, of The Atlantic magazine, about the consequences of joblessness for young people.
One step forward

As part of our focus on unemployment, we bring you a segment that first aired in September, about an experimental jobs program in Mississippi that’s giving hope to the unemployed.

Hardly working

Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner wonders why big corporations are raking in big profits, even as a crisis of joblessness grips the nation.