在美国，穷人缺乏就业机会的社会问题在历史上一直存在，但我认为在经济开始衰退后情况变得更糟。就我的目的而言，我感兴趣的是找工作所必需的资源缺乏，而找工作意味着诚实地改善他们的现状。我指的是相对贫困，也就是一些人缺乏很多人认为理所当然的资源(S201讲1/18/11)。这个问题影响到任何生活在城市或远离城市的贫困个人。在第二次世界大战中，人口和就业机会从城市转移到郊区，导致生活在城市的个人失去工作，使他们变得贫穷(S201讲1/20/11)。这一行动产生了重大影响，至今仍在发生，人们买不起住房，而住房对于找工作来说是一个很大的组成部分，因为雇主需要雇员的永久地址，正如在课堂上学到的，任何一天都有大约50万人无家可归(S201讲座1/20/11)。另外，如果他们负担不起住的地方，他们很可能买不起车，而且他们可以以相对较低的成本乘坐公共交通工具，然而，正如前面提到的，大部分体面的工作都在郊区，而这些地方通常不需要公共交通服务。公共交通也不总是可靠的，这可能导致他们上班迟到和被解雇。Barbara Ehrenreich在Nickel and Dimed网站上遇到过这些问题，她在那里很难找到并提供一个住宿的地方，而且她非常依赖她的汽车。贫困人口缺乏的另一个资源是电脑。申请工作时，雇主需要一份简历、介绍信，有时还需要一封求职信，这些都需要打出来、打印出来或者通过电子邮件发送出去，没有电脑和打印机是做不到的。此外，有些职位只在网上发布职位空缺，有些则要求应聘者在网上填写申请表，这就需要电脑和网络连接。没有这些资源，个人在申请工作时甚至连第一步都无法通过。有些公共图书馆对每个人都开放.
This social problem of poor lacking access to employment in the United States has been going on all throughout history, but I believe has gotten worse after the economy began to decline. For my purposes, I am interested in the lack of access to resources that are essential to getting a job, when getting a job means improving their current situation in an honest way. They kind of poverty I am referring to is relative poverty, which is where someone lack resources that many people take for granted (S201 lecture 1/18/11). This problem affects any individual living in poverty regardless if they live in cities or away from the city. In World War II, populations and jobs moved away from the city and into the suburbs, which resulted in job loss for individuals living in the city and causing them to become poor (S201 lecture 1/20/11). This action had major implications that are still taking place today, where people cannot afford housing, which is a huge part to getting a job because employers need a permanent address for employees, and as learned in class, approximately 500,000 people are homeless on any given day (S201 lecture 1/20/11). Also, if they cannot afford a place to live, chances are they cannot afford a vehicle and they have access to public transportation at a relatively low cost, however, as mentioned the majority of decent jobs are in the suburbs, which is not typically serviced by public transportation. Public transportation also is not always reliable, which could result in them being late to work and getting fired because of it. These problems were encountered by Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel and Dimed, where she had a difficult time finding and affording a place to stay and she relied heavily on her car. Another resource people in poverty lack is access to computers. When applying for a job, employers require a resume, references and sometimes a cover letter, which all need to be typed and printed or emailed, which cannot be done without a computer and a printer. Also, some jobs only post openings online and some require an applicant to fill out an application online, which requires a computer and internet access. Without these resources, individuals cannot even get past the first step when applying for a job. There are public libraries which are available to everyone