Earlier this month, in the dead of winter, Randy Howland finally got a job offer.
It's similar to a call-center position, except the St. Louis resident would take customer service calls from home. It's not perfect: The pay is low and with taxes taken out, it would be less than he was getting on unemployment.
At a time when most people think about turning in for the night, Annica Trotter sits down at her computer to apply for jobs.
But it's almost impossible to apply for anything these days without going online, and that's where Trotter hits a snag. The 25-year-old is only able to apply for jobs when her boyfriend, Greg Perine, and his cell phone are home.