What is the longest that you have ever been unemployed and looking for work?

@magnet (2089)
United States
August 31, 2008 4:23am CST
This economy is terrible. I have several friends with College degrees or HS diplomas who have been out of work between 3-7 years. Maybe it's the location. Is it really that bad everywhere in the US?
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@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
I have never experienced being out of work EVER. When I graduated from college, I got a job offer right away without even applying. When I resigned from my previous job, I already have to work the following day in my next job. I guess I am lucky than most.
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@magnet (2089)
• United States
5 Sep 08
That is great that you never had to experience that!
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
5 Sep 08
When I first moved back home, around 1999, my getting a job was a problem because I couldn't drive, plus didn't have a car on top of it; though I was marketable, somehow stuff wasn't working out for me. Then, I was in the middle of a divorce and that wasn't the best so it took me a bit to get a job. Took about seven, eight months. I am considering leaving my job because I know I am under qualified for it, but I hesitate to leave until I get something way better. I do feel it is bad in some parts of the US especially where you have had one serious place and everyone worked there, but for some reason, it closed and there went the town.
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@magnet (2089)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I don't think that 7 mths is too bad if there are not any bills to pay. 7 mths i imagine could be hard for anyone especially in the situation that you were in. I was living with my parents so my only bill was gas for my car and food. It took me about 6mths to get the job that I wanted after graduating from College. I worked in retail until I found the job that best suited me at the time. I am thankful that my parents gave me the opportunity to save the money from the minimum wage job that I had until I could find the job that I went to school for that paid me more. I once had a job that I felt I was somewhat underqualfied for so I took some training classes at a community college so that I could be more competitive on my job and not feel threatened that someone else will replace me. I eventually left the job because I hated it and became a stay at home Mother.
@williamjisir (22905)
• China
31 Aug 08
Hello magnet. I have been a teacher for decades. I have not ever been unemployed. It is easier to find a job for a teacher as education is getting more and more valued by parents and the government. There are a lot of schools in China, either public or private ones. It is easier to find jobs in private ones. So there is no worry for me about the unemployment unless I want to retire at an earlier age. Also it is easier for native-English speakers to find teaching jobs in China. Anyway, I wish you happy with your current job. Good luck to you, my friend.
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@magnet (2089)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Teachers do not ever have to worry about being unemployed. They have so many benefits also. There is a very high demand for teachers here.
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