Michelle Chesney-Offutt, poses in her home before leaving for work as an insurance customer service representative, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Sandwich, Ill. Cheney-Offutt, who was unemployed for ... more 
Michelle Chesney-Offutt, poses in her home before leaving for work as an insurance customer service representative, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Sandwich, Ill. Cheney-Offutt, who was unemployed for nearly three years before landing a job, said a recruiter who responded to her online resume two years ago liked her qualifications and was set to schedule an interview. But he backed away, she said, when he learned she had been out of work for 13 months. The employer he represented would not consider applicants who were unemployed for more than six months, she said. More than a dozen states are considering legislation that would forbid employers from refusing to hire workers just because they’ve been unemployed for months or years. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By M. Spencer Green
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 2:38 AM EDT