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Job Seekers Sleep on Manhattan Street

Some hopefuls have spent days outside the New York District Council of Carpenters' lower Manhattan office

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    Hundreds of people hunting for work are spending the night on a Manhattan street, lining up for a chance to get into a carpenters union training program.
     
    Some job seekers brought folding chairs, sleeping bags and tents Sunday ahead of a 9 a.m. Monday deadline to submit applications for the 750 available spots, others brought just cardboard mats.

      Some hopefuls have spent days outside the New York District Council of Carpenters' lower Manhattan office.
     
    Union spokesman Kwame Patterson said some people will get training spots right away. Others will be called later.
     
    Once working, a union member can earn as much as $99 an hour, with benefits.
     
    Nicholas Foreman, a 39-year-old man from Brooklyn was first in line. He said it felt "awesome'' to be there because he really wants the job.