Have you, or your spouse, ever been laid off?

@sunnflr (2767)
United States
May 17, 2008 9:37am CST
Unfortunately, my husband and myself have both been through this. In 1998, the company I worked for closed the store in my city. I was the inventory administrator there, and really loved my job. It caused is alot of financial problems when this happend. We lost our house and everything. Then in 2002, the mill that my husband worked in closed down. Fortunately, they paid for him to go to school and learn another trade. We had to sell our home and move to another state after this one. So, has anybody else suffered through this? What did you have to do afterwards? What all changed?
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@ynigz1 (472)
• China
18 May 08
Life is always ups and downs. I've suffered from I quite of the last job, and I've haven't any income until now. I've tried everything to find a job in my town but it seems difficult to find a good job.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
I'm sorry. I hope you can find something soon. Could you perhaps move?
@ynigz1 (472)
• China
19 May 08
I quite the job, because I come back to hometown. I want to find a job near my home, but still haven't find one.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
21 May 08
I hope you find something really soon. There are so many people out of work that it's hard to find jobs quickly.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
18 May 08
indeed, over the years we have suffered some layoffs from work... some long periods of unemployment and what is termed "dislocated" where the business is closed down. The last one was a doctor's office where the doctor decided to close his practice and he himself work for a company. looking back it was a good thing actually - because of the distance that had to be traveled daily for that job (130 miles round trip) and the wages that were barely over minimum wage, it just would not have worked out with the rising cost of fuel.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Yes, my husband has to drive quite a ways for his job. Luckily he carpools with another guy most of the time. I don't see how people who drive over an hour each way are making it these days.
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
18 May 08
Hi There, This can be devastating that is for sure. I truly sympathize with you. I have never really been through this (I have changed careers but not been through a layoff), but I can see how it could be one of the most stressful things that could happen. It would take away all the security which had been built up over the years. cheers,
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
It really does. And, it's hard starting over after you already have everything set up in life such as a house, car, and all that. You need more money after you've been married for years, than you do when just starting out, because you have more bills and everything. But, we will make it somehow.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
18 May 08
fortunately, with God's grace and mercy, me and my hubby never experience being laid off before... we struggle and both of us are working full-time to fulfill our daily needs and living expenses... we have mortgage and car loan to pay off... so i really pray to God that He will always give me health and provide me and my hubby jobs that we need... we are grateful that God always answer our prayers for this one... take care and have a nice day...
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
I'm glad that you have never went through a lay off either. Hopefully you won't ever have to.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
18 May 08
My wife was working at a meat packing factory years ago that went on strike. After a few weeks strike funds were gone and the company began laying people off including my wife. There was restaraunt next door so she applied there when she was liad off and has been there for 25 years now. So she was lucky as she was never out of a job for a long period and she had no experience anywhere else. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Tha is great that she was able to find another job right away. And, one that she liked enough to stay with for that long.
@cheas84 (20)
• China
18 May 08
yes,i have been laid off last year.the manager said i must make more comunicate with others ,but i don't have too much time to do that ,I have too much work which they gave me to do.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
I'm sorry to hear this. It would have been nice if he could have offered you some suggestions as to how to accomplish both task. Sometimes employers aren't very clear with what they want from us.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
18 May 08
Yes, we were both laid off just a few months before our daughter's wedding - not a good time!
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Oh my goodness, that really is bad. Are things ok now?
@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
18 May 08
My husband was laid off right after New Years until the end of February he was one of the few they called back. He has been working for them for quite awhile and is an honest faithful employee. To bad I can not say that about his company. He is now the only one doing the job that 2 people were doing, they took away vacation and they are not paying holidays. I just got him an interview at my place of employment for weekend work. It is ashame that people have to work 2 jobs. Heck I would be out working a second job if my job didnt consist of being on call 24/7. I do have faith that somewhere something will work out really well and in the long run we will be just fine.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Yes, it is sad that it takes so much to live these days. My husband and I were talking about that the other day. When we first got married, 17 years ago, we couldn't imagine making what he makes now. But, today it's not enough for us to live on! I hope your husband can find something that is better for him, a place that treats their employees better.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 May 08
My previous job went down the tube when the company partnership that owned the place decided to close it down..there was a rumour before it happened what might happen,but it was still a shock to go in ready for work one day and see the other staff sitting around waiting for one of the Directors to break the news to us..I was unemployed for about a month,didn't get any redundancy money,then got the Job I'm still with..I was Living in the area with my Grandfather at the time,so it didn't make a change to my living arrangements,but the new job was 25 miles away,as opposed to about 6...After a month or so of commuting,I got an apartment a lot closer,and since that I've bought my house, a bit closer still..
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Well, I'm sorry it happened, but it seems like things are settled down for you again, so that's good. We hope to move back to Georgia one day. My husband just has to get more training and get his journeyman card, and then he will have more options. Until then we will just stay here in Alabama I reckon. Unless something else happens.
• United States
17 May 08
I was just laid off about 3 months ago. It took me close to 2 months to find another job. I had tons of interviews as well as spent a lot of time sending out resumes. Finally I started working at a local meat manufacturing plant. I enjoy the work and the people but the hours are not always full time and they are second shift which I do not prefer. Don't misunderstand I will do whatever it takes to keep the house operating. I was lucky my lay off came at tax time so we had some extra cash around to keep us afloat. I am very happy to report that I am working and still interviewing to see if there is something better out there for me. I am sorry that you lost so much when you went through your lay off. I hope it will be smooth sailing for you in the future. I will have to keep you in my prayers.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Thank you so much. I hope that you can find something with the hours you want soon. I know how hard it is to find work. I looked for 3 months before going to McDonald's one time!
• Canada
17 May 08
My Fiance was laid off from last winter from his dream job. New owners bought the company and systematically dropped the axe on all of the employees that had originally worked there - my Fiance being the last. Luckily, he found another great job a few weeks later and we didn't feel the financial burden for long. I have only ever quit jobs, never been fired or laid off.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
I'm glad he was able to find something fast. I think alot of times it depends on what type work you are trained in. Some things are very plentiful, and some aren't.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
17 May 08
Hi sunnflr I know the feeling well. And Im so sorry you guys had to go through that. It really is a heartache. Just last year we moved into a real small house because my hubby lost his job and I cant work due to health problems. I just recently got some help from the state. Which isnt much but at least it pays for our food. And right now between food and gas I dont know how people are making it. Ive come to love this little house and its really easy on me to clean. So you be strong. Things always seem to work out some how. Take Care!
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
I'm glad y'all are making it. My husband likes his new job, but we are still not doing good financially. We keep hoping things will get better. I can't do many jobs either because of health reasons. I was working from home, but don't have a client right now. I hope to get another one soon. The only reason we are hangig in, is because of hubbys OT and taxes.
17 May 08
Yes My husband got laid off and thank God we had my home business to help carry the extra load !! -Shaklee Lady www.shaklee.net/brady
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
That is good. I'm glad you had it to fall back on. It sure helps when there is a second income coming in that is enough to pay everything.
@pazuvn (99)
• Vietnam
17 May 08
Helo Sunn. I have been laid of in just March ago. The feeling was SOOOOO BADDDDD . I could tell this. My boos call me to his rooom and say: You are still student, we have big project now. We don't want Student make us slow. so. could you find another company. OH MY GOD. My feet cant go. I feel a disaster. It took me a week to calm down. T___T
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
I'm so sorry. I hope you find something that you like even better. What are you studying? What courses?
• United States
17 May 08
same thing happened to me. i was working for a linen company i NY state and the plant that they had taken over shut down leaving 30 employees without work. and heres the kicker. the company was renting out the building from the original owners who had the same type of buisness that closed just before they took over and told us that we were being kept on so that that we could keep our jobs and that we were going to be there perminantly. then they decided to buy a place on one of the state routes and refurbish it and told us anyone that wanted to move there could do so. then after a couple of months they desided to close our plant, restaff the new place with different employees and leave us laid off and looking for work. was not a fun situation. thank god my aunt had a bakery that she owned or i would have been jobless for quite a while
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 May 08
Yeah, that was good you had somewhere to do. It's awful how stuff like this happens. There is no such thing as job security anymore.
@snowy22315 (54346)
• United States
17 May 08
Actually, i had a job last year and was told about this time that I would not be kept on permanently. I was not very happy about this, although the people i worked with had no respect for me so in a way it was good. In short, I started making money doing what I like on the internet. I could use more money, but for the time being it is ok.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
17 May 08
I'm glad things are working out for you. My husband is doing alright in his new profession also. We were really thankful for the fact that he got to train for a new career. I wish you alot of luck with your internet money making.