Layoffs may be on the wane, but they haven’t stopped entirely. Just ask the teachers at Philadelphia’s Frontier Virtual Charter High School, the Huffington Post reports. On March 9, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Frontier school laid off its entire teaching staff. For the past month, the PDN reports, classes have been suspended and Frontier’s 85 students have been hanging around at home, unsure of what the future holds. News of the faculty implosion at Frontier comes within hours of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest monthly jobs report — a document that seems encouraging until you look past the headline. The unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in March, according to the report issued Friday — a continuation of the very gradual decline it’s been on since September. But analysts believe that number is dwindling because more and more job seekers are getting frustrated and abandoning their search, thereby falling out of the ranks of the officially “unemployed.”

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