Blog Post List
December 8, 2011
To say that the job market is “bad” in Tampa, Florida, would be an understatement. The city has an unemployment rate of almost 11% , which is slightly higher than the rest of the state and significantly higher than the rest of the country. Everything from our home foreclosure rates to divorce rates are high. It’s bad. I have been sending out job applications since September 2010, and I have received two phone calls and no job offers. I feel so discouraged, yet I know I am not alone. Federal statistics show that there are five unemployed workers for every available position. Also, contrary to...
November 16, 2010
I was laid off from my job about three months ago. Unemployment today is unlike anything I have experienced in my lifetime. First of all, it was completely unexpected. Another major adjustment was to get used to a check of $494 biweekly and $25 worth of food stamps per month. Unfortunately, since I can’t be legally married to my partner and a legal stepmother to her two children in Florida, we don’t count as a family. If we did, the food stamp amount would be different. Another issue that I have come across is that the cost of COBRA health insurance is almost as much as one of the...