Another Hurdle for the Jobless: Credit Inquiries

Digging out of debt keeps getting harder for the unemployed as more companies use detailed credit checks to screen job prospects.
Out of work since December, Juan Ochoa was delighted when a staffing firm recently responded to his posting on with an opening for a data entry clerk. Before he could do much more, though, the firm checked his credit history. The interest vanished. There were too many collections claims against him, the firm said.