Checking In On the Long-Term Unemployed

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Job seekers look for employment at a job fair in Los Angeles on September 20, 2010 Job seekers look for employment at a job fair in Los Angeles on September 20, 2010 (Getty Images)

As Washington battles it out over the deficit and the August 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, there is another important economic discussion happening across the country. Last week, the unemployment rate reached 9.2 percent, and by the end of this year money for many jobless benefits will disappear. As lawmakers haggle over the debt ceiling in Washington, are they failing to address the jobs crisis?

Throughout the week we've been asking listeners and past guests how unemployment effects them and their current situation.

Cynthia Norton has recently found work as a medical assistant in California. She was on our show in May of last year, after she had been unemployed for two years. Norton says it's a hard battle for unemployed workers over 50, who face a very competitive and younger workforce.

Comments [5]

Loren S. from Westchester County, NY

I'm staying with an ex-sister-in-law because I can't find work (looking for more than 99 weeks), unemployment ran out and I can't pay my rent. I can't believe this is America.

Jul. 12 2011 06:36 PM

In 2008 "Hope and Change" was a jaunty and cheerful slogan but in 2012 it will be uttered again as serious and desperate prayer.

Jul. 12 2011 10:47 AM
claudia from michigan

Please see url to a story I wrote about my struggle to find work. Don't use my name because I don't want employers googling me.

Jul. 12 2011 09:59 AM

Just wanted to let readers and listener's know that I am still out there struggling, hence my first comment. The article and interview mentioned I'd found work as a certified medical assistant. Also, as indicated in the interview, I have not been a CMA for many years. I trained and graduated with honors as a CMA and still could not find work in that field. Being that I admire "The Takeaway" greatly, I am sure this was a miscommunication. However, I am working as an independent home health aide at this time. I am still struggling and my heart and prayers go out to all of you who are struggling as well.

Jul. 12 2011 09:23 AM
Cyndi Norton from Los Angeles, CA

"Debt Ceilings"! How about a "real" ceiling for those of us who need one while we wait for this "job creation." We need resources so we can survive the wait. Because, trust me, I'm on the front lines and there are no programs or resources for those of us who fall in the gray area where we do not qualify for housing assistance, unemployment funds, a place at a homeless shelter, etc. Bottom line: We need to survive to be able to hopefully one day interview for those newly created jobs when they arrive.

Jul. 12 2011 08:02 AM

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