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The Laid-Off Ladies: Reader Shares Her Mixed Emotions

Despite optimistic news that approximately 38 percent of employers are planning on extending offers to some of their laid-off workers as business conditions improve, workers continue to be affected by layoffs and fear job security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in September. Unfortunately, SavvySugar Community member PinkTulip is one of the many workers who was laid off recently. She shares her story:

I worked full-time as a professional educator in an elementary school — in a position where I was stretched very thin and rarely could make time for lunch. I'm going on five months of being unemployed due to budget cuts in the district I was working for. There are days I enjoy sleeping in and watching morning TV while searching the nearly 10 online job sites I frequent every day, morning and night, but then there are other days where I feel so bummed out. . . . Anyone ever feel the same?

A special thanks to PinkTulip for being honest about her situation and sharing her story. I know it isn't easy, and I have heard many friends express the same mixed feeling of being relieved to not face the daily grind while unemployed, but understandably stressed to find another position. I suggest checking out past job search coverage and advice for support and keeping up your healthy search efforts. It sounds like you are working diligently to remain upbeat and find a new position, and I applaud your efforts.

Have you or someone close to you been laid off? Join the Laid-Off Ladies group in the SavvySugar Community for support.

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theflyinghorse theflyinghorse 7 years
I feel the exact same ways some days! I've been out of work for about 2 months now, ugh!
twirtygrrl twirtygrrl 7 years
YES PinkTulip! You are not alone! I am actively engaged in the job search, keep myself social and active, volunteer, yada yada yada....but some days the blues just take over and it's hard to brush them off! There are lots of positives to this crazy time of our life, I made a list of all the things I said (while employed) that I would do if I wasn't working. I spent the summer checking going through them and checking them off! Now that it's fall and I still am jobless I need to get back to that list. I never thought I would still be unemployed after 7 months. Keep smiling PinkTulip! We will get through this and be better and stronger people because of it! :-)
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