Who Has Actually Lost a Job In the Past Year?
How has the floundering economy effected your family?
Not trying to be depressing but, I'm interested in the actual effects of this devastating economy on the average person. I know my family has been
That would be me. After 27 years working as a contractor at the US Naval Research Laboratory funding ran out on the project. I only have three years before my planned retirement and we have been planning for this to happen so I am not in as bad shape as some people.
I have been unemployed for 6 months now. The economy here in southern New England is deplorable. Money is tight and the wife and I stuggle daily to make ends meet. Still I look around and see many worse off than I, so we count our blessings and hold firm in the belief that it all works out in the end.
Thanks for sharing Pete and Uriah. I think we're all just going to have to get really creative to survive. Hey, we're here aren't we?! Good Luck & Good Blessings!
Waterdamage - You really needed to say that?
I lost my job a few weeks ago. It's tough, but we all have to make it through. The economy is bad an a lot of people are getting the short end of the stick. It's pretty ugly out there. And we are now all fighting for the same jobs. The world is getting smaller as immigrants are coming into the country and also fighting with us for the same jobs. So, no one is safe!
I must raise my hand also because I was laid off this past April but thankfully for the internet and The Peoples Program I have been able to still take care of my family.
I had to leave my job due to a number of reasons. Luckily I had money set aside that has been keeping us afloat. But for the past three months I have been searching for new employment and failing miserably. And I am not that picky. I want something good but I am not afraid to work the menial jobs until I find that something good. Even with inside refrences at some places I can not get hired. they just don't need me. They can't afford more people on the payroll.
My husband was an airline pilot and got furloughed as of October 2008. Furlough is basically unemployed, just means they will call him back first before they hire new employees. Nothing really on the horizon for getting back into flying. We've just been getting by with consulting work.
Yes, i lost my job of over nineteen years about eight months ago. I was a loyal and dedicated employee to the largest agency in North Carolina. I cannot go into alot of details because i am currently in litigation with them because of the termination. Being a loyal and dedicated employee for nineteen years and having never had a write up nor a bad performance review does not always mean anything and certainly it did not mean anything to them. I found out the hard way, how "dirty" people can be. So there were alot of negatives to start with from the experience but there were some positives also. At least I had a friend that had gone through similiar circumstances and she gave me some really good advice on how to survive without a job and I have been surprised that I have made it this long, jobs in my area and alot of areas are hard to come by. One thing I have learned is, people are stronger than sometimes they think or know they are and hardships do make you stronger. My family has learned to live with less and I have found more importance in the people in my family and spending time with them then over having material things. For the first time my children and I shared a summer together and that was priceless. I realized how much I missed of their lives because of all the long hours that I was working. I do miss the work that I was doing and the fact it had value to my community. I do miss my work family and the times that we shared. I have a different life than they have now and most are afraid to talk with me because of fear of retaliation from the employer who fired me. I wish things did not have to be this way, but I have accepted that this is the way things are. One thing I would suggest for anybody out there, have another career or business plan to fall back on, have a back up plan-don't put all your eggs in one basket as we have all heard before. Don't ever think you are not expendable to an employer, that will at least make you have a back up plan. Try to live like there is a famine coming and save some money for emergencies, spend less, value family more. Don't let your job be your sole identity. I never in a million years thought I would not be retiring from this job, but it will not be the end of my world.
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