Photo of the Day: The Gainfully Unemployed

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Unemployed Bobby Byrd is fending for himself. Rather than wait for the economic stimulus to trickle down to the sidewalks of New York's Lower East Side, Byrd sought training from the Red Cross and learned how to take blood pressure readings.

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The medical practitioner as socially conscious micro-entrepreneur. (Photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Though out of work for several years, Byrd has kept his entrepreneurial spirit alive. He scrapes out a living—while doing good—in the tail end of Manhattan by soliciting donations from passersby in exchange for taking their blood pressure.

If any of Byrd's patients are experiencing a pulse spike due to the stress of a vertiginous economic outlook, the sidewalk practitioner can prescribe calming down. After all, the unemployment rate recently dropped to a low not seen in years!


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