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Old 11-01-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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I was reading an article that stated unemployment was widespread across the job market that was the inspiration for this post. I was just wondering how long most have been unemployed during this recession, what field they are in and what state they are from. I'd also be curious about the ages of those unemployed if they are comfortable saying so.

For myself: I have been unemployed since January.
My field is accounting.
I live in New York.
I am 62 (ouch)
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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I was unemployed from the end of March, 2009 until middle of October.
My field is accounting
I live in Mass
I am 47
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Technically unemployed since Nov. of last year, but had temporary freelance work of various sorts until August. Been completely unemployed since then, but may have a couple of temporary things again by mid-November.

Field was a combination of IT and market research analysis, looking to career change into teaching math

Live in NY, but was temporarily in the Hartford, CT area this summer for a training program

My birthday was recently and my age is the number that "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is famous for (HINT: It's a little over 40......)
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I have worked in IT for 7-8 years, been unemployed out of a full time job since June 2008, though I was out of the country for a few months of that, and worked a contract job for 3 months april-june. I'm 28, 29 soon. I've never been fired or laid off and have always had all the employment I could handle up until last year. I used to turn down offers from recruiters on a regular basis now I can't find anything.
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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I have been unemployed since October 2008. I worked as a civil engineer-in-training (BS in civil engineering) and am located in Arizona. I just turned 27 and have slightly less than 3 years of experience in the field.
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:35 PM
 
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Unemployed since the end of August '08. I have a diverse resume and experience in both business (market research, hospitality, general office work, management) and teaching.

I'm 43 and I think a lot of my unemployment woes are due to living in Vermont now and being a stay at home mom for years.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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I got the laid off in august 08. Hot and cold rolling rolling mill operator. The company closed its doors and most likely for good. I am 59 years young and absolutely can not find a job. This employment situation is beginning to bug me.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Hello everyone. I am 53 and live in Georgia. Like some of the other posters, I also have a diverse resume. For the last decade my field has been marketing and PR. I also manage my own real estate. I know what my main problem is --a lack of contacts. It was necessary for me to return to Georgia a few years ago and my timing has been horrendous. After a series of low level survival jobs, I was finally positioned where I had a foot in the door towards a good position. The entire department was eliminated three months later. I have been out of work since July 2008. Although I volunteer a lot, it has not led to any job opportunities.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Geez...reading some of these posts is scary and discouraging. I'm about to turn 29 (happy-unemployed-bday to me in 9 days!), worked in IT as a technical writer. Also did some business and marketing communications. Been unemployed just over 3 months. Nothing in sight. And I mean NOTHING. I am currently in Houston, TX which is supposed to be one of the good job markets in the country. Really? Hmmph. Trying my hand at a freelance business now but I haven't been able to secure any work yet. I can't imagine how you guys must feel...I already feel so defeated after 3 months, and like I will never work a full-time, good paying job again!
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Northern WI now - sorry MI, I tried
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'Downsized' from a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry 14 mos ago! 100++ resumes sent out since with nothing to show.
Product Engineer with 27 yrs exp.
Detroit, MI suburb
46 yrs old.
Lost everything including hope.

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