Boycott any business which excludes unemployed candidates from applying for open positions. This is clear discrimination! If you know of any companies who do this, please send a copy of their posting as proof and we'll start a list on my Facebook page. Boycott the excluders!
Read an interesting article posted at http://www.ere.net/2011/02/28/refusing-applications-from-the-unemployed-best-practice-or-madness/
All the negatives are relative, they apply to some people but not all unemployed people.
I've been unemployed for almost eight months. I am not rusty, if anything I am charged up to perform at 1,000%.