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500 job seekers finally receive applications

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Job seeker Matthew Cox, the first person in line, cheers after picking up a job application form at the training offices of Local Union 46, a union representing metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers, in the Queens borough of New York on April 30. All images in this post were photographed on April 30 by Keith Bedford of Reuters.

Application forms were passed out to 500 people who camped in front of the offices of Local Union 46 in the Queens borough of New York for a week after the State Department of Labor and the union, which represents metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers, announced they were looking to hire 50 iron and wood apprentices.

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Job seeker Dave Mugavero waits in front of the training offices of Local Union 46.

A job seeker puts on his boots after waking up in front of the training offices of Local Union 46.

Jestty Martinez hugs his partner and fellow job seeker Aida Munoz after waiting in front of the training offices of Local Union 46.

Keith Bedford / Reuters

Job seekers raise their hands as the numbers on their wristbands, which they were given when they began queuing last week, are called after waiting in front of the training offices of Local Union 46.

Keith Bedford / Reuters

Job seeker Matthew Cox, who was first in line, holds up a job application form at the training offices of Local Union 46.

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