An Ill Job Wind Blows Small Biz Some Good

With layoffs buffeting corporate ranks, a growing roster of skilled job applicants is starting to show up

The waves of corporate layoffs and dot-com closings finally have started to turn the tide on one of the biggest problems for small-business owners: a scarcity of qualified job candidates. Although many of those recently tossed into the job market aren't a good fit for small companies, a few are, giving some sectors relief after a two-year drought at the labor pool.

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