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I have worked as a clinical social worker for over 30 years with unemployed heads of families who were laid off from managerial level positions at large corporations. The corporations continued to make money, as did their executive staff -- leaving ...
—Robert NY

Just because politicians make plenty of money, doesn't mean they should forget those who don't

I'm so tired of the big-wigs in Washington just taking off before they get their job done. In THE REAL WORLD, if you leave work for a vacation without finishing your work, there are serious consequences. The same should apply to them.

—Regina NC

HAVE A HEART FOR GODS SAKES

I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE PAST 6 MOS AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING EVERYDAY FOR EMPLOYMENT,THIS IS MY ONLY MEANS OF INCOME AT THE MOMENT WHICH IS 306.00 A WK,IAM BARELY MAKING ENDS MEET , IN THE PROCESS OF LOOSING MY HOME,PLEASE HAVE A HEART, ...
—DOROTHYGA

ARe you kidding me??

I woke up this morning to find an email was sent to me telling me my husbands unemployment benefits will end come Dec. 28th. It was like a sucker punch to my stomach. The first thought on my mind was now how do I take care of my 5 children? I work part ...
—MaryJeanNJ

Even Local Celebrities Get Fired

It’s terrifying to be facing the holidays without even the prospect of a job. At least last year I had a seasonal holiday retail gig. With all the wonderful support I get from friends and Twitter followers (“You’re so fantastic, it’ll happen for ...
—TaraWA

What, NOW!!!!

So I get this letter in the mail saying that unemployment will.end on Dec 28th. I got laid off in June. It took the state over 4 months to approve my claim, as I looked for work. Then, a so called new system was implemented and threw out ALL of the claims, ...
—yolandaFL

Shared burden

Although she is completely worth it, I am still working off debt accrued when I was underemployed when my daughter was born. Now 3.5 years later, I am one month away from my second (and last) child being born and am looking at reduced hours at work, and ...
—JulieWA

Education is supported in community.

I am a grandmother, educated in the 50's & 60's when education was prized: college was almost free to students; most young children had mothers at home; and most average adults had a better knowledge of civics, US history, and liturature than many ...
—LoisWA

To believe in the American dream you have to be asleep!

I did everything right. I graduated from high school and the University of Maryland, College Park at the top of my class. However, after graduating from a competitive school in a "limited enrollment program" I have never found consistent employment. I ...
—AlexanderMD

Shhh. Don’t Tell Anyone That I’m A Stay-At-Home Mom

As a native New Yorker, I am the type of woman that says what she thinks. In fact, sometimes my filter needs adjusting when I hear my thoughts slip right out of my mouth. I never thought that I would want to conceal that I chose to leave my career to ...
—MariaNC

Left in the cold

I am a 61 year old woman that has worked all my life, and have now been unemployed for 6 months. Congress chose to go on Christmas vacation without renewing unemployment benefits.

They say they will vote on it in January......so what are we to tell ...

—LisaCA

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Unemployment Insurance saved my life when I was "laid off" from the NYC Parks and Recreation Agency. I can't imagine how I could survive now!
—SharonNY

Head of Household Out in the Cold

My husband lost his job in May and he was the head of household. Due to high daycare costs, I was forced to quit my job and stay home. Now, we are both without jobs and now, unemployment. Congress should have to go for weeks with no money. Let us ...
—Katie

unemployment

i have been receiving unemployment for 6 months i am faithfully applying for jobs everyday all day and still no results, i have 2 boys and i need a source of income
—denaeIL

Trying to send daughter to college and start a small business

I had unemployment and recently lost it. This really sets me back as I am still putting my daughter through college as a single mom. I job hunt weekly, get interviews frequently but no offers, ageism? Overqualified at 54? So trying to start my own ...
—CarolCA

6-months!

Years ago, I was laid off my job. If I hadn't been married, I don't know what I would have done because it was over 6 months before I was able to find another job in my field. I'm single now, and I hate to think what would happen if I should lose my ...
—BrendaUT

Unemployed in southern California

My immigrant father became unemployed in southern California after decades of working. His company suffered in the face of increased global competition. Accessing unemployment benefits was a lifeline for him.

I am disappointed Congress has not done more ...

—DebiNY

Another mom back at work

I was out of work for a while, by my own choice. I left the military and decided to become a college teacher. I soon discovered many teaching jobs come with practically no benefits (only for full time teachers). Very few full time college teaching jobs ...
—GabrielaME

observer

I see on a spiritual level what is really behind all of this.
—Donna CA

Not Charity!

I am a 51 yr old female, was laid off 6 mo ago, have been diligently seeking work and just ended state benefits, which I qualified for because I worked for years and paid taxes and was laid off through no fault of my own. These benefits are not free ...
—Kay
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