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After 11 years in my current position and working full time for 30 years, I was informed my department is being sold. So I will get a 10,000.00 severance package and unemployment, I am 53 a widow with a son in college!

I have been actively looking foa ...

Medical Crisis Domino Effects a House of Cards

Catherine O'Hara (my Mother) died in March of 2008. In July A&I Inc. denied me beneficiary status, offering $6K "pre-retirement death benefit." Her Union (IBU) concurred; they refused to contest the denial. Request for Reconsideration (w/ pro bono atty) ...
—Frazer LA

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I was sick several times in my twenties and I remember being so sick I couldn't even afford to take a day off let alone seek medical help until it turned into ammonia. It shouldn't have to go to that extent. I didn't make much starting out. I also found ...
—BONNIECA

About to Loss Our Home We Ran Out of Unemployment Funds

My husband was getting unemployment after operating heavy equipment for 30 years he got a layoff from his job.While he was off he found out that he has cancer. His unemployment ran out and since that time we have been just scraping buy on his disability ...
—DarleneVA

Why?

I was layoff from from my job when the pipe plant I worked for shut down. After that I used up all my savings to pay for mine and my kids cost of living before I got on unemployment. I thought for sure I would find another job fast, but that did not ...
—BrendaMO

Being Unemployed Sucks!

My husband has been unemployed, or under-employed for many years now, and the installation of a web site for filing has not been productive for us. Most issues must be handled over the phone, which requires being on hold for two hours in order to speak ...
—TrinaCO

Not just one, but two

My ex-husband has a seasonal job and relies on unemployment to get his family (and mine due to child support) through the winter. His wife doesn't work due to their son having some special needs and I am disabled and our daughter also has some special ...
—TonyaMI

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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
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