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Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 09/01/2011

What did you tell your kids when you lost your job? The unemployed share their stories

Justin Sanchez, an unemployed carpenter, sits at the table with his wife, Laura, after learning they had three days to vacate their Las Vegas home because of foreclosure. (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
As part of the “Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment” project, The Post asked the unemployed to recount what they told their children when they lost their jobs.

Help Wanted - Jewel Beamon / 2 (mp3)

Jewel Beamon, a former special projects associate from Oxon Hill, Md. said she was “just up front and honest” with her daughter.

Help Wanted - Kim Patterson / 2 (mp3)

Kim Patterson, a former writer from North Carolina doesn’t have children. But she recalled when her father tearfully told her that he had lost his job.

Listen to more testimonials and learn how to submit your own below.

Help Wanted - Peter Kenny / 2 (mp3) Help Wanted - Kimberly Yaman / 4 (mp3)

To submit your own answer, call 888-279-7678 and leave us a message. We will select voicemails to feature on the “Help Wanted” project page. All entries must be your own and they must abide by our discussion policy. We ask that you identify yourself with your full name and former occupation in your response.

To find out more about the “Help Wanted” project, click here. To visit the project’s homepage, click here.

By Brian M. Rosenthal  |  05:37 PM ET, 09/01/2011

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