Sudden Unemployment

I woke up on a recent Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. with a slight hangover and nowhere to go, except maybe to my laptop to casually browse the internet for some sort of inspiration. I no longer had to program my alarm for 7:10 a.m., and it was no longer of a pressing nature to get to the gym before going to work because, well, there was no work, and truth be told, no desk job was forcing me to be bound to a desk. I could do Zumba in my living room at 2 p.m. if I wanted to, provided my downstairs neighbors weren’t feeling too cantankerous.

How to Tell if You’re About to Get Laid Off

Hindsight is 20-20. My nearsighted eyes are not, but there isn’t much I can do about that right now. I can’t afford to visit an optometrist for a new pair of glasses. My vision insurance, along with my sense of self-worth and steady biweekly paychecks, were ripped away from me last month when I was laid off. I hadn’t seen the axe coming and was devastated by the news. I might also have been financially ruined were it not for the existence of unemployment insurance and a committed partner I can rely on to pick up any financial slack.

An Unemployed Parent’s Job Hunt

In Motherlode, Andrea Pate, a mother with two children talks about how difficult it has been finding a job—even a minimum wage one—and making ends meet. Pate lives in Milwaukee where the unemployment rate is significantly higher than the national average at 9.8 percent.

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The Point Has Been Made (The Point is, Life is Terrible for a Lot of People)

Today Gawker publishes the 40th edition of its unemployment stories. It’s also the final edition, “not because there are no more stories to tell— we still receive new ones every week— but because its point has been made.” The whole series can be found here, if you feel like you need some fodder for a depressive episode.

I Used to Be a Great Worker, Really Type A, And Then I Lost My Job And Now I Am What You’d Call Not That Into It

More ways unemployment messes everything up for everyone: Great workers become eh workers. “The deterioration of employment prospects during a deep, prolonged recession might induce some elite workers to lose their pro-work ethic. Since identities are sticky, they might keep their new identity even when the recession is long past.”

Life Post-Sun-Times

Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photo staff, and began telling their reporters to take photographs using their iPhones.

One of the photojournalists who lost his job, Rob Hart, started a blog documenting his newly unemployed life. He’s using an iPhone to do it.

How to Deal With An Unemployed Person

Avoid Applying for Mobile Home Installer Jobs

Logan (half-jokingly): “Maybe I should become an actress?”

Just Some Americans Living the American Dream

Hopelessly Devoted to Wanting a Job

Are Retraining Programs Effective for the Unemployed?

There are few things that both the Democratic and Republican tickets agree on, but one of them is the importance of getting the unemployed into job retraining programs. The question is: Do job retraining programs work?

Surviving Unemployment by Going to Disneyland

There were a few months during the recession when I joined the ranks of the unemployed, and I forced myself to treat each day like a work day.

A Visit to Seattle’s Unemployment Office

Seven years later, I was back in Seattle and on unemployment again. I received a letter in the mail telling me that I had to report to the local WorkSource, Washington State’s unemployment office, in two weeks to have my resume reviewed, take classes on resume writing, looking for work, interviewing, and other training courses.

Standing in the County Line

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday in Los Angeles. I’m one of the 60-plus people anxiously waiting in Lobby 1 of the Department of Social Services. I’m not the only one here seeking government aid, but I’m 100 percent sure I’m the only person sitting here with a bachelor’s degree from one of the country’s top private Universities.