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Unemployed mom

I was laid off the first time during my maternity leave. After 10 months, I found a contract position which ended 2 years later. I have been unemployed for 9 months now, without unemployment for 3.

I have a college degree, 20 years of experience, and a significant amount of continuing education. I have been diligently searching for a job- tailoring my resume and cover letters to positions, expanding my network- but haven't even gotten an interview. My age, gender, unemployed status, and the way companies hire today are all working against me. If I don't find a job soon, I will have to take my child out of the school she loves, with teachers that care about her. We will no longer be able to afford my health insurance.

I am lucky that my husband is still employed, but his salary only covers our very basic needs (shelter/food).

I have worked hard my entire adult life, and being unemployed is not only a financial drain, it is demoralizing. Taking away unemployment insurance says that even though we have contributed to the economy and worked hard, we aren't worth anything.

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