Got 10 minutes? These unemployment stories from Gawker are definitely worth a read.
As someone who has experienced a layoff, I’ve realized how important a career is to me, not only for financial reasons but also for personal and identity reasons. Unemployment is a huge shock to the system, and it’s a shock that many people have to overcome while they are wrestling with questions of self-worth, with the feeling of being forgotten, along with the more practical problems of how to pay rent, buy food, and see a doctor.
I will never, ever take for granted my ability to support myself financially, and I will never, ever look down on people who have gone through long-term unemployment (or even short-term unemployment).