Lalanya Tevyaw has been looking in vain for a job since last June, when she lost her $2,500-a-month posi­tion at a recy­cling scrap­yard. Her dream is to operate exca­va­tors and other heavy machinery – “I’m not a sissy girl, I’m not an office person”, she jokes – and has just fin­ished a six-​​week inten­sive training course to do just that.

But the 41-​​year-​​old is wor­ried that if she is not employed soon she will lose her newly acquired skills. Without a job Ms Tevyaw, who lives with her sister and father, will have to keep relying on friends and family for sup­port – espe­cially since Con­gress failed to extend her unem­ploy­ment cheques last December. “I haven’t had money in the bank for so long, it’s killing me,” she says.

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