More than two years after the end of the recession, 14 million Americans remain out of work. The “Help Wanted” project follows six unemployed people from across the country as they struggle to pay the bills, preserve relationships and hold onto hope for the future. The project seeks to show the true impact of joblessness — through the eyes of the unemployed.
COLLEGE PARK, MD- AUGUST 10 : Thera Larson is currently employed but lives with a fiance who is not. She is blogging about her experiences for the Washington Post. Photos taken at the University of Maryland campus, which is near her workplace. (Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post) Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post
I don’t think many employed people understand what happens to someone after they’ve spent a couple of years trying to find a job — any job. We’ll do or say just about anything to pretend it’s not as bad as it really is. I’ll do anything to get a job.
Needing to not feel powerless has turned me into a control freak. I feel a deep need to know what’s happening in our lives at all times; to know where every penny goes; to know when every bill is due; to obsessively check my bank statements.