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I became unemployed in April 2013. After searching for a job, I finally accepted a position in November 2013 that I am over qualified and took a large pay cut from the salary I had been making. Since the position was only part-time, I continued receiving ...

Long Term Unemployment Benefits are Crucial

I am among the long term unemployed/underemployed. I am fortunate to have wonderful family support during this crisis. I'm an accomplished financial services professional. I completed a finance degree 20 years ago, while working days on Wall Street. ...


I myself was on unemployment and exhausted all benefits for which I was Thankful for..Because of my age I have not been able to find work. I have 3 family members who were not able to get any extensions and are struggling bad..I do have a small pension ...

A six year unemployed Boomer

My 6 yrs of being unemployed as a Boomer has been HELL forty one years as a Banker came to an abrupt end.

On Dec 19th 2008 could not afford nothing after that I lost everything that I had worked for all my life.

Thank God my twin daughters were 5 yrs ...


Too old to hire, too young to retire

My position at a job I held for 13 years was eliminated in October 2008. I have not been able to find a job since, except intermittent self-employment doing pet care and other things. I just turned 63 last month, and the previous five years were a nightmare. ...

Unemployed victim of hurricane Sandy


My name is Juel and I became unemployed several weeks prior to hurricane Sandy. My family then became victims of the storm and now had to struggle with losing everything we possibly owned while surviving off of unemployment insurance. Now that ...



I was unemployed for over one year. It was a nightmare. I ended up taking a job that paid less than my previous job out of fear of being in the situation that so many are experiencing now; no unemployment assistance. Now I work full time and still have ...

Single Mom

I to am a single mother who has lost her job and has no family or friends to help me with my teen daughters and young son, their father disappeared and I no longer get help, If I don't get these benefits we will lose our house and right now its a struggle ...

Work Hard to Find

I earn some money from a few clients but have been unable to find full time work.

Out of Work

I am a 51 year old with a Bachelors Degree in Public Health, I have been out of work since June 21, 2013. I have applied for 26 jobs and still no work. And considering how cold and long this winter has been my unemployment money is what kept at least ...
—Maria YNY

Benefits support childcare during work search

I was laid off 9 months ago following my maternity leave and have now been unemployed for 9 months. While I am fortunate that my husband's salary and our savings have covered most of our expenses, without the weekly unemployment benefits, I wouldn't be ...

Working Part-time but still looking

I worked for a company over 20 years before my job was outsourced November 2012. I currently have a part-time job, but those benefits, really helped to provide money for medical costs not covered by insurance. It wasn't my fault I'm not working and ...

Unemployment Extension

I was with my previous company for 12 years when I got laid off. My husband has his own small business which is not doing very well right now. We have two kids and are struggling with the little income we have coming in. If I do not get the extended ...

Temporary, but Vital

Unemployment compensation is a temporary necessity providing the bridge for families to continue until their unfortunate situation changes for the better. In so many cases this situation is due, not at the fault of the employee, but that of a company ...

stuck in the middle

I work hard and so does my significant other. He has been laid off without any extension. We are now finding ourselves having to sell our home in a short sale. We have a 13 year old who grew up in our home and does not want to move. She has finally made ...
—Bernadette MA


Was laid off 2 consecutive times.

my families life on unemployment

My family was unemployment, for the about two years, then my husband's unemployment ran out. Luckily he secured a job in CA. We lived Washington state. After his unemployment ran out, we lost our house, and had move in with my mom. We left our families ...

no jobs here

where i live jobs are hard to get, my unemploment has ran out and i still find a job . so please help

From Full time to Part time

Hello my name is Gloria. I am married and mother of 3. My husband has been looking for work for the past year and no luck. I have been the only one working. I was grateful to have a full time job which helped me provide for my family. Last year around ...

I once needed assistance

I was once on food stamps. Now I happily contribute my taxes to help others in need. By receiving temporary assistance for my young family, I was able to complete a higher education degree and ultimately obtain a good paying job. I ardently believe ...
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