On Being Unemployed



I worked for a company for nine years and was laid off.  I wasn’t the only one.  There were three or four sets of layoffs.  I knew there was trouble.  I logged in new files.  I knew what wasn’t coming in to the office.  I was on unemployment for six and a half months.  All of a sudden, I was without an income.  My unemployment had run out.  I however, had found a job an hour away from my house.  I took the job.  I was working hard.  I was driving an hour one way.  I was getting a lot of overtime.  I needed the overtime since I had been out of work for so long.  Then, my dad had a stroke.  The company was firing and doing layoffs anyway.  I figured it was only a matter of time before I was laid off again.  I gave my 30 day notice so I could move closer to him to help take care of him.  I was laid off two days later.  I packed my house in a matter of three days and moved.  I put a for sale sign on the house within 30 days.  I was unemployed for another 11 months before I found another job.  I lost my house to foreclosure because I could not sale the house and I could not find a job to make the payment.  The unemployment I was receiving barely paid the rent and utilities I had to pay much less pay the mortgage on a house I was trying to sale.  While I was out of work, I worked in the yard planting a vegetable garden and cleaning out the weeds and fallen limbs.  I found a job about an hour away from the house.  I was working in an office.  I loved that job.  I was actually doing what I had been trained to do, legal assistant.  I was there for five months when I was laid off again.  I knew it was coming because there weren’t very many files coming across my desk.  I have been unemployed since November 2009.  I have been receiving unemployment off and on.  I have been actively searching for a job with no luck.  I’ve had several interviews but I have not received an offer.


The hardest thing about being out of work so long is the loss of my freedom and independence.  I lost my house and my car.  I have since gained access to a car should I get a job or at least an interview.  I have started attending classes at the local college.  I have decided to go back to school to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree.


If I had to pay rent, utilities, car insurance, and groceries on unemployment, I would be homeless.  Unemployment is very helpful.  I figure what I do get is better than nothing.  However, unemployment does not pay enough to keep a one income household above water so to speak.  I am very thankful for the kindness of family members that provide a roof over my head.  I have not given up.  I will one day be back on my feet.  Until I do find a job, I will continue to do the job searching, keeping the gardens going, keeping up with my studies, and helping take care of my dad when I am needed.

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Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Amusing perspective on being unemployed.

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