In the news: The mental toll taken by being unemployed

This is a story that could have been filed under “old news,” but it’s still worth examining the mental toll that people go through by being classified as “long-term unemployed.”

English: (The Depression) The Single Men's Une...

English: (The Depression) The Single Men’s Unemployed Association parading to Bathurst Street United Church. Toronto, Canada Français : (La Dépression) Membres de la Single Men’s Unemployed Association se dirigeant vers l’Église unie de la rue Bathurst. Toronto, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CNN.com did just that last week in a fascinating series of reports.  I’ll file this under the “it’s not just about me” category.

First, go to the following link to see the story of Michael Dixon of Seattle, an unemployed software test engineer who’s been out of a paying job for about a month longer than me.

CNN.com:  Unemployment takes tough mental toll

More of the story is told in simple numbers.  No opinions, just facts to consider …

CNN.com:  Long-term unemployment by the numbers

Finally, there are videos and first-hand stories that tell where our economic situation is at …

CNN.com iReport:  How are you coping?

As for me, another week of “coping” has begun.  Thanks to relatives, friends, neighbors, and faith … we’re holding on to hope.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at http://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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