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I'm 34 years old I'm married with a 5 year old and an 18 year old nephew who I am responsible for. I have been the sole provider for my family for the past 5 years. In Oct. 2012 I was laid off from my accounting job, since then I've been on unemployment ...

I've worked my whole life helping others, NOW I NEED HELP!!!

I've worked since I was 17 and in September, 2013 I lost my job. I'm now on Unemployment, which I've never been on in the past. I'm told I may have 2 months left- I haven't found another job yet so I'm wondering WHAT am I supposed to do? A little history- ...

First time Ever

In October 2011, I was laid off from the Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles, Ca.

I had worked since 16 years of age up to 37 years old (at times working 2 or 3 jobs simultaneously)! I was a good employee, however, 20 individuals' positions were eliminated. ...


unemployment exhausted

I recently exhausted 6 months of unemployment in DEc 2013. I am 61 years young I have over 50 resumes out.who is hiring people my age? And why should I accept a job making 8 or 9 dollars a hour which is less then what i receive on unemployment when i ...

It Can Happen to Any of Us

Just as I don't have to be gay to support the rights of GLBT brothers and sisters,

I don't have to be unemployed to sympathize with those folks who are.

We keep hearing about the dissolution of the American family. Well by not extending the unemployment ...

—Nina IL


Dont let people and there families out in the cold. Think of the families and lives affected by joblessness.

Buried under daycare costs

My husband and I both work and we have 3 children . My husband is in the Army and I work on post and our children go to kindergarten and preschool/daycare. We make too much money for assistance (even for Army assistance), however we pay enough in daycare ...


When I got the letter in the mail on Jan. 3 saying that my benefits had been cut off I was shocked. There was no advance warning for me. My family was already struggling with the IRS taking over half of my husband wages and then this. My car has been ...

Clear, comprehensive, and cost-effective healthcare - finally!!!

Although my family is relatively well-to-do and has always had so-called top-of-the-line healthcare coverage, for the first time in my life, I was able to easily compare healthcare options. And I was able to make those comparisons with clear visibility ...

Graduate Student paying out of pocket

I'm a married, graduate student getting a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, but I have to live with my in-laws because my husband and I cannot afford to live on our own in the Bay Area. The Affordable Care Act helps my husband and I out A LOT, because we ...

I work part time as an adjunct reading instructor

I went several years during this last recession without any medical insurance and finally my mom said to apply for Medicare of which I did while I was briefly without any work in 2010 and means to take care of my family. I got a job a few months later ...

ready to be homeless

I lost my job in February due to an extended illness and surgeries. I am 52 and have always worked. This is my first time collecting UI. Benefits were cut off Dec 28. I have received an eviction notice, car is ready to be repossessed, phone and internet ...

Long Time

I haven't been able to afford insurance for over 30 years. Ins. Co. wanted to charge me the equivalent of 2/3 of my BEFORE tax earnings.

Then, I have breast cancer (all treatment was paid for, by me, over almost five years)...and they wouldn't cover ...


woe is me

I will soon be 75 and half to work because I oonly get 900.00 per month social security house payment is 700.00 month cant live on that and pay utilities insurance on cars homes ect buy food..have always worked just me in the home.Ilost my job after ...

Community, Compassion, Common Courtesy, Common Sense

In the first months of 2008, I became an early victim of the recession. Working in retail on commission, I struggled against the outgoing tide as the economy took a nosedive and everyone's purse strings closed up tight. For the first three months of the ...

Not Working Takes a Toll

My husband, Steve, died 6/25/10 while on extended unemployment insurance. He worked hard trying to replace his job. In fact, finding a new job was harder than doing the job. This took a toll on his physical and mental health.

His network of friends ...


No single mom can live off of $7.25 working Part Time

When my husband and I separated I was working as a cashier at a grocery store working Part time hours making $7.50 an hour. After almost a year working there, my hours got cut thanks to a new grocery store opening up down the road which got more traffic. ...


My 36 year old son has to live with me

because he makes $7.70 an hour, 32 hours

a week. He has child support to pay and

can not afford rent, gas, food etc.


Yes, raise the minimum wage!

I live in Baltimore, Md., and many, many people here are struggling with low wages and little opportunity.

Let's raise the minimum wage for everyone!

Minimum wage should be linked to the idea of 'living wage.'



We need to pay wages sufficient to get workers out of the poverty income level. It will boost our economy.
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