The Faces of Unemployment

There are currently 14.5 million unemployed people in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Almost half of those people have been out of work for more than 27 weeks. Here are some touching stories of their struggle, perseverance and self-discovery.

From Business Exec to Delivery Guy

I applied for jobs in the corporate sector, sending out at least 100 targeted job applications. I interviewed, but only three times during that period. In all cases, the interviewer would conclude that the job was somehow beneath me. It was like buying a car with a salesman telling you that the car you were ready to purchase is not right for you, it is too small.

Single Mom Learns to Cut Corners and Get Creative

Our local food bank supplied us with the necessities that we couldn't afford ourselves, including personal hygiene items, various meats and a lot of cereal -- which during the times when we had very little food often became our breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depressing as it may sound, sharing a bowl of cereal for dinner with my children actually turned out to be a fun experience for all of us.

I Felt Emasculated

I found myself turning into one of those suburban housewives you see in any subdivision. The kind that gives up trying to look like anything other than what she is -- a harried, baggy-shirted, middle-aged parent in pajama pants. The last vestiges of my manhood slipped silently away the day I realized I was the only man pushing a stroller around the neighborhood park.

I Didn't Feel Angry, I Just Felt Lost

Initially, I didn't know what to do with myself and began to lose my self-esteem. I made a profile on LinkedIn and networked, networked, networked. I signed up on several job-search engines and received daily job postings. But after four months, I've had only a few bites and two interviews. I've sent out more resumes than I can count and made countless connections and calls -- but "The Job" I need is still eluding me.

Selling Off My Identity to Survive

While my resume looks like I'm 35 -- and I can almost pass for it -- when I walk in and see the recruiter's face fall, I know at that moment that I will not be brought back, no matter how great the interview goes. This, on top of the crushing economy, is a virtual death blow that leaves me feeling like I'll never work again. I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!

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i work for walmart for 5 years and management wants get you out thay will fire you and their is not anythink you can do about it thay gave me a real good christmas walmart in springfield ohio store 2429 so i hope that if you work their anyone of you can be in my place good luck and happy new year tammy in deli everyone in deli knows it was not right

December 29 2012 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know it is OBAMA and the retard Democrats,it is time to clean house.

October 24 2012 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick Reisinger

Att: Stue Waterson

On december 21 I was suspended due to an employe repairing his car and not paying for it.
{ Jeff Deleon "age 39"- who I was Told was assigned to train me 3 + years veteran with Firestone-Morgan Tire } repaired his car while I had to go to a manditory managers meeting in Indy ,
the next day he had off so it was the 3rd day I was made aware of his repair and was advised by him he did not have the money
to pay so I paid his bill with my VISA 12/07/2011 #4430 4500 6016 XXXX For $100.oo.

I have had A prior event date 07/19/2011 wo#59417 { Terry Meehan "age 37"- 301 s hamsher st Garrett indiana >4 year veteran with Firestone/ Morgan tires} , Terry had repaired his car while I was at a Required training trip in Tampa Flordia for a class called Top Gun for a week,
He kept it hidden in estimate's in the computer for a month 8/19/11 work order #59617 2 tickets totaling $688.19
When I discoverd the infraction I advised my assistant Distric manager { James Stevens } and was advised to wait till he got to my store the next week to make sure that the wrightup was done correctly with 3 other write ups , Opon James showing up the next week he said I could not write him up because we could excuse him do to the time lapsed .
James is the one who told me to wait, ?????

I beleave that after an event date> 07/12/2011 > I had a man come in the store drunk Yelling at me and a waiting room full of customer's > I asked to leave He then went home and called customer relation's which netted me a very emotional call from my District Manager {Gaelan Crawford } with no concern of what had happened he started yelling , when I tried to explaine what had happened his answer was I sounded like his ex bitch girlfreind , { I recorded all of the Phone calls received and made to my dm & assistant manager} and have stored in a computer file.

I have made 18 attempts in the last 120 day's to contact H&R department and got no response > I can only assume that they are beond the labor laws of this country.

Hr >Amanda Smith

The state of Indiana & now the US Labor Relations Board has determined this was a unjustified termanation ............

September 19 2012 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Robert j.Lynch


January 11 2012 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In order to compensate/replace my unemployment status, I decided to try out a home-business opportunity with Special Merchandise Corp (SMC) selling their products for a commission. I'd done well in the past with ad writing for 'google' and decided that this may be a good fit for me with writing, selling various products they (SMC) were offering. After a 2-weeks trial period, I obted out because the website they provided was inconducive to the ads I wrote, so I cancelled on 10/30/11. On 12/30/11, they withdrew $39.95 from my personal bank acct.! I've emails from them confirming my cancellation. I have tried in vain contacting them by phone to no avail! I've written various emails to them and no one has contacted me in regards to this apparent theft! As a result of this action, my rent check has bounced and it had interferred with my weekly grocery obligations. I am in the process of obtaining legal assistance which I have warned them of should not the funds be replaced asap. Its been a week of trying to contact someone/anyone of their staff and its as if they could care less! I've forwarded all my emails of cancellation to my law team in hope that they can get a response from them since they, too, could not reach anyone by phone, as well. Beware of becoming involved with this company in any fashion whatsoever. Once you give out debit card/bank account info to them, they cannot be trusted! In order to sell their products, you must pay them either $500.+ or a monthly fee of $50. until the $500. they require is paid for! Those are the terms they require beforehand for selling THEIR products! I've even warned them of the actions I would take should they choose not to replace the funds they from my bank acct., all to no avail. Before becoming involved with this company, please think twice before handing them your bank information. Type your comment here

January 07 2012 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was fired from my last job, I think, for insubordition. I tired to reinvent myself by taking classee as a diversion. I have not consistently looked for work because I take prescrition medication for what is callex bi-polar. Some times know I am wasting time watching TV, playing online scrabble. I have been doing voluteer work, sitting with the elderly while their caregivers (relatives) take a break. I collect social security disibility checcks and put that toward my household income.

March 11 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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