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SAN FRANCISICO BAY, CA (KNTV) - The number of out of work Americans drawing unemployment benefits now sits at a 25-year high, which is keeping one company very busy.
If you're looking for a job, Ved Sinha is your new best friend. Ved's company, Elance, uses the web to match businesses and employees.
These days, with high tech companies laying off hundreds of workers, Elance is one of the most popular networking sites online.
"We help match the people who need the help, with the people who have the skills," said Elance CEO Fabio Rosati.
Rosati says more than 200,000 jobs are waiting to be filled on Elance.
Most of the positions are for small businesses, looking for contractors to fill specific jobs.
"We need help. We need this kind of help, the kind of help that allows us to get the job done without us having to lose flexibility, which is critical at a time of uncertainty," said Rosati.
Most of the jobs on Elance also let you work online, so you can be anywhere and get a job anywhere, while boosting your reputation for the next company that may be looking.
Our economy is slowing, but that doesn't mean there aren't jobs out there.
"My advice to individuals who have talent and initiative is to consider an alternative to the traditional employment model - think about becoming a free agent, diversifying," said Rosati.
Elance says as of today, the biggest request for jobs is for people who can work on the iPhone platform, which is evidence that those applications are turning into big dollars for small companies.