Unemployment continues at about the same rate, regardless of what government says. In fact, it was only last year that my mothers company decided to
nix 300 upper management positions and she just happened to be one of them.
My father is an experienced roofer of 30+ years. He is at his current job for about 15 years now making close to $20 an hour with benefits. In 2010
they started experience work shortages. In 2011 they returned to for for 8 months and now, since November of 2011, he has been laid off. In that time
he has attempted to search for new employment at other roofing business that are now hiring in our "robust" economy. He has applied for four separate
jobs now, three of which have offered him positions at $9 an hour and one at $12 an hour. None of them provide benefits.
I graduated college in 2008 about 6 months before the financial downturn. I have a degree in Network Administration. At the time, I could have entered
my field for minimum wage, but I had a retail job making $11 an hour that I wasn't going to give up. Once 2009 came the IT industry went down just
with everything else and there was no more jobs for me to get that anyone would hire without advanced experience. I then opened my own business. It
started slow, I had a few side jobs, but now I do it full time. It is still slow. I just get by with the money I make at it. I still need help from
time to time and if I did not cut corners I would not get by.
Four years ago, my mother had a marketing job making over $100k a year. My father had a construction job with lots of work and good benefits making
$40k, and I had a full time job making $22k a year. Food and gas prices were drastically lower, work was more plentiful, the dollar was worth more,
interest on savings was higher, there were a lot more businesses around, and mother nature wasn't belting the planet with the worst weather in
Today, thanks to corporate downsizing and work shortages, my family is unemployed, struggling to find jobs, I make 1/3 of my former income, and though
they still are able to benefit from unemployment compensation, it will only be a matter of time before my family's benefits run out and things only
My point is - my family has it good in my opinion. We get by and we still eat out, we go have our entertainment, and we are self sufficient to a
point. In the past four years - my family's situation has fallen from graces on being blessed greatly, to being only mildly blessed, so I feel for the
people who are actually struggling worse than we are in this time. In fact, I don't think there is anyone that isn't.
You might be able to say that you aren't but, you are affected by the changes that have happened in the last four years. The continued inflation of
everything around you, the decrease in wages, the ever looming fact that tomorrow your business could be the next to go out of business - you might
not be as well off as you think you are... and it only takes a day to change all of that and change your perspective on the entire world.
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