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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.