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Jobless Producing U.S. Profit on Higher Productivity

Malcolm Barnes distributed snacks for 27 years before losing his job in October 2007. After applying unsuccessfully with food companies, he’s taken welding and machining classes and is looking for manufacturing work.

“If they are not hiring in vending, you have to change with the times,” said the 53-year-old Greenwood, South Carolina, high-school graduate. “I am doing everything I can to upgrade.”