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    :: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 ::

    Housing crash means struggles for day laborers - By EVELYN NIEVES, AP via Modesto Bee, CA
    The most desperate men park themselves on corners well before dawn, hoping for first dibs on jobs.

    Most days, no one gets dibs -- no one gets jobs.

    Foreclosures are at record highs, home sales are at record lows and skittish consumers are cutting back on spending, all of which means contractors, construction crews and carpenters no longer are hiring. Neither are landscapers, cleaning services or homeowners.

    Work, never a given for day laborers in the best of times, is almost nonexistent these days.
    'These are the worst of times,' would-be worker Ramon De la Cruz said recently in Spanish, noting that he had worked only one day in the previous six.
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