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Pregnant and Petrified

Share Your Story: Share Your Unemployment Story

By Kathleen

The job I lost

I worked in product management at a swimwear company.

What it's like being unemployed

It's depressing. I have worked full-time for the past 12-13 years. I am 33 years old with a baby on the way, and my company laid me off when they found out I was pregnant. The one interview I was offered, after 5 months of sending out my resume every week, was for a customer service job, and they barely gave me a second glance after they saw me walk in 7 months pregnant looking for a job.

The company my husband worked for went out of business. He was an Art Director there, and the only other job he was offered was in the city making 20K less than what he was making the other job, not to mention the additional high cost of the Long Island Railroad.

We are unable to survive without my income, and I have not received any job interviews, let alone any job offers. My unemployment benefits have already run out as of the second week of June. We can not afford our mortgage, car, electric, or food!

I am due in 3 weeks and can only afford to eat noodles for dinner, which supplies no nutrition for the baby because there simply is "zero" money in our account. Any paychecks my husband receives are already spent on bills and simply do not even cover all the bills we have.

We are going to lose our home, and I have no idea how I am going to care for my unborn baby, and I am terribly petrified! I cannot sleep at night because I can't stop thinking about this. I want to work! I am not the type of person that can sit at home all day. I want a job and there is simply nothing out there! I need this, my family needs this unemployment extension to help us get through this depressing time until I can get back on my feet with another job.

Please help the people who work hard and have worked hard our entire lives. Our savings account which we worked so hard for is about to run out after this month, and then I will absolutely lose my home. Please help us!

Advice

  • Just try and stay positive. This is what I am doing to try and help me through this terribly depressing time.
  • Work hard and continue to work hard - don't give up. I will not give up looking for a job.
  • If the job is reasonable and you need the money, take it. When the economy gets better (hopefully soon) and more jobs are offered, then try again for something you will be happier with.

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