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) 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.  Unemployment takes tough mental toll

More of the story is told in simple numbers.  No opinions, just facts to consider …  Long-term unemployment by the numbers

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


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