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With a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in
Virginia, majoring in government service and history, McCune applied for jobs
at the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other
agencies.

But after a long hunt that yielded only two interviews, the
26-year-old threw in the towel last fall, joining millions of frustrated
Americans who have given up looking for work.

“There’s nothing out there and there probably won’t be
anything for a while,” said McCune, from New Concord, Ohio. He has moved
back home to live with his parents, who are helping him pay off his college
debt of about $20,000.

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