Workers traveling hundreds of miles for jobs

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Every morning, Joshua Cassidy climbs into his 2004 Ford Escape and begins his daily commute: a 90-minute drive from an apartment on the eastern shore of Maryland to his job as an executive team leader at a Target store in Largo, Md.

The three-hour roundtrip drive is arduous, but it’s not nearly as bad as the “real” commute he makes every other weekend: An eight-hour, 500-mile trek from Maryland to West Virginia, where his pregnant wife and their three kids are living in the family home.

“It’s a crazy, crazy situation,” he concedes, “but we’re making the best of it.”

The United States has long been a nation of commuters, with many workers opting to accept a bit of extra time on the road in exchange for a bigger house, better schools or other amenities in suburbs and exurbs.

These days, it is the tight job market that is turning some workers into supercommuters as they accept a job far from home because it’s better than no job at all.

Full story: Recession breeds wave of supercommuters – MSNBC