Marketplace has been asking readers to send in some personal stories, and a contributor named Bill Marshall recently shared his story about being laid off this summer and being asked the question, “What do you do?” while unemployed.
“You’re not going to say, ‘I’m unemployed and living off my savings,’” he said. “It doesn’t really impress people.”
As Jenny Ament points out at the top of the radio piece, lots of Americans had to deal with gaps in their employment histories during the recession. In fact, Ester and I were both laid off from a startup we worked at together during the height of the financial crisis. Fortunately I was able to cobble together some freelance work right after, so when people asked me what I was up to, I just said, “I’m currently working on a story about [x],” and left it at that.