Lots of discussion in the news about unemployment these days.
Drop a reply here and tell us what group you are in, be honest, we are all in the same boat.
Are you young or old? Have you been unemployed for months, years. How long have your benefits been run out? Did you give up and go into retirement? Did you give up and start living with (off of) someone else. Did you change your resume to look less qualified so that you could get into the work force again? (Overqualified, overpaid).
Let us know whats happening, those government figures do not really tell the whole story.
I'm in an unusual situation. I didn't look for work after my last contract expired 3 years ago, because I needed time off for a number of reasons. Then my husband retired and he didn't want me to go back to work because he wanted me at home with him. At the time, that was fine with me - and I had my websites and writing to keep me busy. We also spent some time in the UK with my folks.
However, I have always had a niggling concern that we won't have enough money for our retirement and mid-last year, I decided to try to get back to work. I've never had trouble finding a job before - I've always been one of those people who wrote off to a few jobs, got three interviews and two job offers.
Not so now. I'm in Australia where the economy is going well, but I'm still struggling - and I'm sure it's the time out of work and my age that are the problem.
I have seen that so many times lately, where someone was indispensable during the late 20th century, and now they can't find any work. Good luck to you in Australia, I sometimes wish I had gone to live in Australia in the 1970's when I had the chance... Best to you.
Same with me. If I got an interview, I always got the job. Not any more. Now it's hard to even get an interview. I blame my age and my very slight mobility problem.
So, I'm trying to earn a full-time living working at home through writing and hopefully indexing. Right now I'm living off part of my pension funds. My unemployment benefits ended last October.
Sorry to hear this trend. Since many of us are dropping off the "list" of unemployed then this would explain why the government regulated numbers never seem to indicate as bad as we folks see down here in the folds.
Good luck to you in the future.
I hope this won't be considered spam, but if anyone is in the upstate of South Carolina looking for work just send me a message. I'm having trouble finding people who actually want to work and am backed up with more work than I can handle right now.
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