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post #81 of 89
Me. After 21 years I was layed off Friday. Company layed off 50 and many more to come. I had been with the Company literally half my life, but I did expect to be layed off. I think we'll be fine though. Good severance, etc.
post #82 of 89
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Originally Posted by barky586 View Post
Me. After 21 years I was layed off Friday. Company layed off 50 and many more to come. I had been with the Company literally half my life, but I did expect to be layed off. I think we'll be fine though. Good severance, etc.
Sorry to hear that.

I only know one person that was laid off this year and she works now at the company I work for. I have known people, including myself, that have had real problems finding full-time work again once they have been laid off. I consider myself very lucky to have this job.
post #83 of 89
Three people at church are out of work (recently lost their jobs). I know at least one was due to a decline in construction business.
post #84 of 89
My husband lost his job in April and so far he hasn't been able to find anything. He worked for a nonprofit and we're in the south. The biggest surprise for us wasn't that he lost his job, but that it's so hard for a college-educated, experienced worker to find a new job now.
post #85 of 89
Just me. LOL. And I wasn't too sad about it. I got to do a lot of knitting and baking.

Everyone else that I know that has changed jobs (and I know quite a few) have done it voluntarily. I even know a few that took second jobs a year or two ago and are now quitting them.
post #86 of 89
My office mate (we share the office, but are in there at different times as we're both very part-time) told me that her husband lost his job today... 19 years at the same place.

They told them all yesterday to bring a box with them to work. I thought that was kind of callous.
post #87 of 89
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No, I don't know anyone personally.
This.

Not anyone yet.

My brother was unemployed for a while when a popular local bookstore shut down (accounting position) but no one since. Most of my friends are in management and upper management positions, VPs, an attorney, professor a grad student, body worker, local cafe positions and my mother is an RN but I'm not sure how much this has to do with their job security at this point.
post #88 of 89
My job has me interacting with a lot of people, and every week I talk to someone who has a family member or friend who has lost a job. Even the carpet company my father works for closed one of their stores.

My job is cutting everyone back and paying less. Reps are dropping like flies because they don't want to pay enough to make the job worth having.
post #89 of 89
I do not have any personal friends or family members that have lost their jobs in the last 12 months. In fact, a number of them have gotten new or better jobs or raises. We have a lot of friends that have just finished grad school for example and they are off to pretty decent jobs in the area. My husband got a wonderful, secure pt job with full benefits last Septmeber and I got a 15%+ pay raise shortly before that. So all in all, it's been a decent year for us.

I work in social services (luckily an agency with a very large endowment and strong foundation support that is not going anywhere) and some of the families we serve have had their hours cut at low wage service industry jobs. Stands to reason that people are eating out less and buying less frivolous stuff like lattes. Still, no newly unemployed workers that I serve. Some are unemployed but have been so for a long time or have personal issues that prevent them from working at this time. The economy is not great, but for whatever reason the job market has been pretty decent here, at least in my demographic. I know Qwest and Boeing have both let people go here, but I don't know these people personally. Most of my friends are in medicine, teaching, engineering, computers, gov't/politics or law. I do know one person who has closed his bakery cafe 1 day a week because he could not sell enough to make it worth opening 6 days a week, so now he opens 5 days a week. Still doing well $$ wise, ends up making the same in 5 days as he did in 6. Another friend took a job to advance his career pretty far away from here (he moved an hour north so his commute would not kill him) but that was more to get the next step up on his resume in a hard field (journalism) than economic necessity.

Though, more than layoffs I wonder about attrition. I think some employers just are not hiring replacements when someone leaves on their own...
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