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Unemployed for Two Years

Share Your Story: Share Your Unemployment Story

By Keith Stoneberger

The job I lost

I have been unemployed for almost 2 years. This June will make it 2 years. I was a plumber for about 6 years prior to being fired. I was fired because I had severe osterio arthritis in my hip. Since then, I had a hip replacement and still no luck in finding work.

Before becoming a plumber, I worked in a factory for over 11 years and that work slowed there because of NAFTA and that was when I decided to get into another line of work. I am now 40 years old and have no way to support my family. My wife works, but it is barely enough. I am now able to go to school so I am now taking classes for accounting.

What it's like being unemployed

When I was first unemployed, it did not bother me. What I was making on unemployment and with my wife going back to work, her job covered for what I lost on unemployment. I took that time to fix what was wrong with me and took the time to recover. I started getting worried when I haven't found work when I have recovered.

I look online at different job posting sites and see all these "openings", but the emails that are sent back are the same, "position already filled". It is disheartening because at 40 years old, you should be living comfortably if you have a family, not worrying about where the next meal is coming from. I am not coming off a middle 6 figure income, I came from the lower 3rd 5 figure income range. It really makes me sick to see those that have made of 6 figures a year to go and cry because they "lost" everything. Everyday I am looking for work. Simple fact that no one is hiring and seeing news on the internet about companies laying off workers everyday does not help the pride either. Being unemployed is hard on the marriage also. What can you do? It's not the person's fault for losing a job and not being able to find one.


  • Best advice when losing your job. Know what help is out there. The only problem now is that the abundance of help has dwindled because of the agencies are now being overwhelmed.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. I ask for help everday, but that doesn't mean I will get any.


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