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Are Companies Excluding Jobless From Applying?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say they're concerned about reports that some companies are trying to exclude the unemployed from applying for job openings.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is examining how prevalent the practice might be and whether it could violate federal job discrimination laws.

There's no specific legal protection for unemployed workers. But commissioners are investigating whether excluding jobless applicants may be extra hard on blacks, Latinos or other ethnic minorities that tend to have higher unemployment rates.

The Labor Department says it's hard to measure the problem because most job openings are not posted publicly.

The concerns are based on anecdotal reports of advertisements or recruiting firms that discouraged the unemployed from applying.

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