在美國，窮人缺乏就業機會的社會問題在歷史上一直存在，但我認為在經濟開始衰退后情況變得更糟。就我的目的而言，我感興趣的是找工作所必需的資源缺乏，而找工作意味著誠實地改善他們的現狀。我指的是相對貧困，也就是一些人缺乏很多人認為理所當然的資源(S201講1/18/11)。這個問題影響到任何生活在城市或遠離城市的貧困個人。在第二次世界大戰中，人口和就業機會從城市轉移到郊區，導致生活在城市的個人失去工作，使他們變得貧窮(S201講1/20/11)。這一行動產生了重大影響，至今仍在發生，人們買不起住房，而住房對于找工作來說是一個很大的組成部分，因為雇主需要雇員的永久地址，正如在課堂上學到的，任何一天都有大約50萬人無家可歸(S201講座1/20/11)。另外，如果他們負擔不起住的地方，他們很可能買不起車，而且他們可以以相對較低的成本乘坐公共交通工具，然而，正如前面提到的，大部分體面的工作都在郊區，而這些地方通常不需要公共交通服務。公共交通也不總是可靠的，這可能導致他們上班遲到和被解雇。Barbara Ehrenreich在Nickel and Dimed網站上遇到過這些問題，她在那里很難找到并提供一個住宿的地方，而且她非常依賴她的汽車。貧困人口缺乏的另一個資源是電腦。申請工作時，雇主需要一份簡歷、介紹信，有時還需要一封求職信，這些都需要打出來、打印出來或者通過電子郵件發送出去，沒有電腦和打印機是做不到的。此外，有些職位只在網上發布職位空缺，有些則要求應聘者在網上填寫申請表，這就需要電腦和網絡連接。沒有這些資源，個人在申請工作時甚至連第一步都無法通過。有些公共圖書館對每個人都開放.
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