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The New Economy

Jobless? Here are 10 zany opportunities.

By / August 6, 2009



US job losses are slowing. Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped an unexpected 38,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That's further evidence that the economy is healing, although job losses may continue for some time.

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We're doing our part to buck up employment. Each week Monitor staffers comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Glen Rock, N.J.; Flint, Mich.; Davenport, Iowa; Austin, Texas; Hallandale, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Ferndale, Mich.; Doral, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.

Like parties? You could celebrate a birthday every day.

1. Pet fashion blogger
Wages/salary: $13 a post
Details: Describe new products in sassy, fashion-savvy, pet-loving voice. (For more information click here.)
Location: N/A.

2. Eyebrow threader
Employer: The Threading Station
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Use South Asian hair removal technique to style eyebrows in artistic, colorful, and aesthetic designs. (For more information click here.)
Location: Glen Rock, N.J., (pop. 11,131; median family income $111,280) was the first home of Absolute Entertainment, which produced titles for Atari, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Nintendo before the company closed in 1995.

3. Denture technician
Employer: Not listed
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Utilize small utensils to build, repair, and realign dentures. (For more information click here.)
Location: Flint, Mich., (pop. 112,900; median family income $33,528) was the site of the 1937 United Auto Workers strike, which turned the union into a notable player in the industry.

4. Birthday party coach
Employer: Quad City Sports Center
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Assist partiers to make their experience more enjoyable; may be asked to go on ice with guests and must be able to use helium tank. (For more information click here.)
Location: Davenport, Iowa, (pop. 100,827; median family income $52,578) is the hometown of Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald's.

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