Thoughts from the shadows of a great American city


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A helping hand for the unemployed in

by Dave Carew

With the nation reeling from the just-announced unemployment rate of 10.2%, and with the rate in Tennessee now even higher, the level of desperation in Nashville grows more palpable by the day. I am 53 years old, and I can never remember a time when so many friends have been so badly devastated by the scourge of unemployment. They say these unemployment stats are the worst since 1983, but I remember 1983. It was absolutely nothing like this.

If you’re struggling with unemployment, I have no magic wand for you, but I do have a couple of quick suggestions. First, go to Google and look up the recently announced “Future 50” in the Nashville area. These are the area’s 50 fastest-growing companies which, by definition, should be those most likely to be hiring. (And here’s a bonus: A few of the companies on the list, such as Emma, also recently were named among the “Best Places to Work” by the Nashville Business Journal.)

One more suggestion: Check out AmMed Direct ( in Antoich. The company recently announced plans to add hundreds of workers in the next year or two.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground
Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.”


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