From elsewhere in The Post: When Thera Larson found out she was pregnant, she was ecstatic. Her fiance was gainfully employed and on the verge of graduating from a sheet metal apprenticeship school. Her growing family would have a strong financial backbone.

But her fiance lost his job the week of graduation, making their future as mom and dad more challenging.

“As the months passed and the ‘one income panic’ faded into hard reality, I came to realize that I would have to become the breadwinner of our family while my fiance would be the primary caregiver to our baby. We’ve found ourselves in a reversal of traditional family roles, which added another layer of stress to our unemployment conundrum,” Larson says.

Read Larson’s essay about what life is like as the sole provider for a family and other stories in our series “Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment.”