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Janet Falk, public relations professional, rides the Roosevelt Island tramway with a Manhattan view behind her Feb. 21. Falk applied for a public-relations job at a New York City law firm two years ago, but the recruiter told her she wouldn’t be considered because she had been unemployed for more than three months, Falk said.

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Want a job? First you need a job

NEW YORK — Help wanted. Qualifications: Must already have a job. It’s a frustrating catch for those out of work in an era of high unemployment: looking for a job, only to find that some employers don’t want anyone who doesn’t already have one.

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