Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment
Six people affected by unemployment in different ways are spending this summer writing about their struggles to pay the bills, preserve relationships and maintain hope for the future. Browse their entries by topic with our interactive word cloud.
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Stephen Rhymer, 59, Oklahoma
I don’t think people understand what happens to someone after they’ve spent two years looking for a job.
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Marianne Steffey, 32, Tennessee
The jobs that we lost in the recession are gone. They’re not coming back.
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Stephanie Dudgeon, 48, Ohio
As my unemployment benefits tick down, there is a great deal of uncertainty in my life now.
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Thera Larson, 33, Maryland
There are so many questions and so few answers. I keep tellng myself to hold on, to keep fighting.
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Daniel Joyce, 54, California
Yes, our new normal includes much less ability to pay the bills. But what it includes most is worry.
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Marc Johnson, 36, Virginia
Some days I look into my new daughter’s eyes and cry. I don’t know how I will support her.
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110818 - Atlanta - The line circled the building and extended into the back parking lots. Thousands of people packed the campus of Atlanta Technical College Thursday for a job fair sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus. Stephanie Young, CBC Communications director, said 70 employers were on hand with 2000 job openings. The wait in line was long -- about three and a half hours -- and at least one woman collapsed from the heat and was taken away by EMS personnell. Aug, 18, 2011 Bob Andres firstname.lastname@example.org?
The longterm unemployed submitted written and audio responses to the question “What is the most important thing our political leaders need to know about the unemployment problem?”
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About the Project
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