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The other night I went to the movies with some friends and instead of the traffic jam two blocks away just to get into the usually full parking lot, and the endless line to buy tickets, the coast was clear. Strange, I thought. On a Friday night?
The crisis has hit the movie theaters, I announced.
One of my friends, a school director, told us that last Sunday, she placed an ad in the newspaper looking for an elementary science teacher. Two days later, she said, there were 400 resumes piled up on her desk. And her Montessori school is located out of town, not easy to get to.
“I spent days reading over them. There were even applicants with PhD’s in chemistry! People completely overqualified for the job,” she said. One woman she interviewed was a 50-year-old agronomist with a masters degree in biology. She had simply gotten tired of looking for work in her field, and was resorting to teaching kids.
Another friend, a graphics specialist in the printing business who is currently out of work, chipped in: “I was checking one of those job market internet sites where people send their resumes, and there four times more people registered than a year ago.” He is one of them.
But the real symbol of the economic crisis is businessman Horst Paulmann’s frustrated Costanera Center (below).