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(Washington Post) — While much of Washington starts to emerge from more than two years of recession, Angie Walker feels as if she’s in the middle of a depression, stuck, without knowing quite how to get out.

Companies are beginning to hire, but Walker, who at 46 is struggling to find a full-time job, hasn’t noticed. April found her driving 28 miles round trip from Southeast Washington to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where a temp agency had sent her for a kitchen job, pay $11.88 an hour. She was working about 24 hours a week but needed more.

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