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1999 in Stillwater, Minnesota

61 months ago

Nick412 in Brockton, Massachusetts said: This economic tailspin didnt just start a couple months ago.It started a little over 2 years ago.Thats when I started getting laid off and struggling to stay working.Now Ive been out of work for 4 months and Ive lost my apartment,my car, and now my family.The car and apartment are self explanatory.I lost my family because we have no place to go where we can be together.My mothers house is disgusting so I cant have my kids here and my gf's entire family despises me.Why? I dont know.Ive shown them nothing but respect.maybe its cuz they're all yuppies and I'm just a blue-collar stiff I guess.What can I do to fix all this? I'm a damn good carpenter, I can read plans, do stairs and rafters, roof, hang drywall, sidewall, paint and I do seamless finish work.I can take a laborer and build a house.Yet I cant get a damn job!!!Whats more is I have other skills to.I did landscaping for 2 years, cooking for 6months,moved furniture for about a year and in my own time Ive become very good with computers, installing software/hardware and virus removal etc..Yet I cant get a job!!!I'm losing my mind.I'm willing to do anything and work for cheap.What do I do? To make matters worse, I have a felony on my record for being a knucklehead when I was younger.So now I cant even join the army which I tried.I dont know what to do.Everyday I scan the papers,this site and every other job listing out there career builder,craigslist, etc..I respond via email or phone call to any one that I remotely have a chance to get and out of every 50 or so ,I may get an interview, none of which have been fruitful.If anyone is out there who can give me a job doing anything please email me at dyson412@yahoo.com

CONTACT FLATIRION CONSTRUCTION & CHECK THE JOHN JAMES AUDOBON BRIDGE PROJECT IN NEW ROADS LOUISIANNA.THEY WILL & DO NEED CARPENTERS & THIS IS NON UNION & THE PAY IS NOT BAD,YOU WORK 6 DAYS A WEEK 10-12 HOUR DAYS & YOU GET OVERTIME.CONTACT MICK.

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Broke-and-Worried in Concord, California

58 months ago

I am a month behind on my car payment, I stretch the groceries. I called an employer that interviewed me a few weeks ago, to just follow up, and their corporate office told them to hold off on filling the position. I don't get discouraged over it, I know I'll be working again. But I do get frustrated, because I am a good person, with great job skills, ethics, and leadership.

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lemonademaker in New York, New York

54 months ago

I live in jersey and was working in NYC on staff full time at my job as an audio engineer. Last April I got put on freelance. since then I've worked twice, once for 4 weeks and once for 6. I decided to go back to school for a teaching cert. Started in Sept on a TUITION WAIVER from NJ (not sure how many states have those) and got into the 599 PROGRAM through NY state which allows you to get unemployment while in school. Since school isn't costing me anything, I'm taking out the federal loans which have very low interest and will be back in the job market next June. It's not working yet but it's surviving...and moving forward...and getting skills. We do what we can. I want to work, I hate this more than anything but I'm doing my best and that's all I can ask for in this economy.

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mackensc in Australia

54 months ago

Rebecca, I agree with you. Times are very tough for everyone.I feel awful for them. I have taken a year out of my job to help my fiance figure out what to do as there's no work left at home for him. I miss my job like crazy and can now see how hard it is to just start something different. I would love if you could send me some information about this 'better way' you know of.
Thanks
mackensc@hotmail.com

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dlsnackman in Highland Lakes, New Jersey

54 months ago

I am a union carpenter originally from TN. Been up here for 10 years. I have been out of work going on 4 months now with not much hope of it coming back any time soon. Just pulled money out of annuity to pay off most things so we can survive this storm. I am lucky to have at least the means to do that. My heart is hurting to read these stories....of such bad times and such disasters for all who are unemployed. What has happened to this country? I served in Vietnam, I vote, I pay my taxes, I don't hurt anyone or anything, I respect everyone's views and feelings.....This country is bankrupt but won't change their ways....We have the ability to create jobs here and tax those who send jobs overseas. It is just such a sad state of affairs....I wish everyon the best of blessings in the coming days and months...I truly do.

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fatherofthree in Allentown, Pennsylvania

54 months ago

dlsnackman in Highland Lakes, New Jersey said: I am a union carpenter originally from TN. Been up here for 10 years. I have been out of work going on 4 months now with not much hope of it coming back any time soon. Just pulled money out of annuity to pay off most things so we can survive this storm. I am lucky to have at least the means to do that. My heart is hurting to read these stories....of such bad times and such disasters for all who are unemployed. What has happened to this country? I served in Vietnam, I vote, I pay my taxes, I don't hurt anyone or anything, I respect everyone's views and feelings.....This country is bankrupt but won't change their ways....We have the ability to create jobs here and tax those who send jobs overseas. It is just such a sad state of affairs....I wish everyon the best of blessings in the coming days and months...I truly do.

Nice post Jersey, I'm with ya. Don't want to add my story but I'm not in the good boat. Were giving money to the bankers, government and every other country on the planet when all we need to do is look in the backyard. The US is ethically and socially bankrupt in my opinion.

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looking for work in NJ in Fanwood, New Jersey

53 months ago

I feel for all of you I don't mind being broke, it's all the people who depend on me that kills.
4 kids, my wife and my 80 yo mother depend on me.
Had my own business for 10 years, closing down now due to the economy. So, allthough I am inteligent and have many talents and experience I cannot get a job because I am 53 and have been out of the workforce for so long. I can run any crew doing any kind of construction, but there are no jobs.
Whats the use of even talking about it, we're done for. If I could give up, I would. Instead I try every day to make a dollar and keep everyone elses spirits up.
Good luck to all of us.

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PV in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

I had a business in New Orleans and lost it in the hurricane..have been struggling ever since. Moved to Wash. DC and was laid of a year later just in time for the holidays. I have been out of work for months, have sent countless resumes..dealt with headhunters, spent face time on leads and traveled 100s of miles for interviews to no avail. I am 45 have had a solid career for 30 yrs in food service and have been at the top of the game in the chef ranks. Now I am penniless and will lose my apt in 2 weeks and my truck after that. No one will hire older people and no one will give someone with my experience a lesser job as they know it's just temporary. I am at my wits end and really don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs and I have given my life to my career and now I feel like saying goodbye. I put faith in God but, as blasphemous as it sounds,I see no hope anymore and as strong as I am, I can honestly say..I'm scared.

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J in Reading, Pennsylvania

52 months ago

PV in Washington, District of Columbia said: I had a business in New Orleans and lost it in the hurricane..have been struggling ever since. Moved to Wash. DC and was laid of a year later just in time for the holidays. I have been out of work for months, have sent countless resumes..dealt with headhunters, spent face time on leads and traveled 100s of miles for interviews to no avail. I am 45 have had a solid career for 30 yrs in food service and have been at the top of the game in the chef ranks. Now I am penniless and will lose my apt in 2 weeks and my truck after that. No one will hire older people and no one will give someone with my experience a lesser job as they know it's just temporary. I am at my wits end and really don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs and I have given my life to my career and now I feel like saying goodbye. I put faith in God but, as blasphemous as it sounds,I see no hope anymore and as strong as I am, I can honestly say..I'm scared.

Hang in there. I know where your at. Check out homeland security or some other gov. jobs.

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PV in Washington, District of Columbia

52 months ago

Oddly..I have certification as a close protection specialist both here and from the SIA in the UK.I've been fully vetted by some of the best in the world and also have training in Advanced Protection in Hostile environments. It was another career path I started on and couldn't take the time neccesary to pursue it, I had to earn a living. Now I'm dying.

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Poolie in Rochester, Michigan

52 months ago

I truly wish I had the words of comfort. I don't consider myself a religious man, but this may sound a little bit like it; in your darkest hour and when things seem their worst, don't give up.Talk with people at your favorite restaurant, keep applying for work anywhere,stay busy. All of a sudden a door will open and your life will change.
I have to tell you this also (not to be morbid, just to let you realize it may not be that bad as some). I live in Michigan and last week a neighbor down the road backed into his 6 year old, killing her. I hadn't wept in years. Please, my friend, I hope the very best for you.

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old wood pecker in Phoenix, Arizona

50 months ago

PV in Washington, District of Columbia said: I had a business in New Orleans and lost it in the hurricane..have been struggling ever since. Moved to Wash. DC and was laid of a year later just in time for the holidays. I have been out of work for months, have sent countless resumes..dealt with headhunters, spent face time on leads and traveled 100s of miles for interviews to no avail. I am 45 have had a solid career for 30 yrs in food service and have been at the top of the game in the chef ranks. Now I am penniless and will lose my apt in 2 weeks and my truck after that. No one will hire older people and no one will give someone with my experience a lesser job as they know it's just temporary. I am at my wits end and really don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs and I have given my life to my career and now I feel like saying goodbye. I put faith in God but, as blasphemous as it sounds,I see no hope anymore and as strong as I am, I can honestly say..I'm scared.

Hey Man, Im the same age as you. We have to make our own luck I think. I hope things work out for you. Remember not to leash yourself to certain profession, be willing to do different things. Heck washing windows if need be.

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KA in Manteca in Manteca, California

38 months ago

I've been laid off now for two years and 2 months and no luck for a job. I have 29 years experience in the semiconductor industry and with college. I have sent out nearly 400 resumes and not even one one on one interview. Most of the jobs I apply to I don't even hear back from or know if they got them for there is not contact numbers or address contact of which stinks. My unemployment is exhausted and I now have health problems of which I'm now on State Disability for. My doctor says I can go on permanent disability for my health problem, but I got denied the second time. I'm single and have a 20 year old son that lives with me that is bipolar and he too has not been able to locate work. My State Disability runs out in November of this year and I will have no income or medical insurance for me and my son unless I get approved for permanent disability. I have no close family that can help me or my son and will soon be homeless and possibly lose everything I have worked hard to have for me and my son. I can't understand how our country has gotten to this economic mess. Back when I was drawing unemployment I tried to get food stamps and medi-cal and was told I did not qualify because I was getting to much in unemployment, but yet people come to this country that have never lived nor worked here and get food stamps, medi-cal, medicare, cash aid, housing, etc. Something is bad wrong with this picture when people that truly need help and have lived and worked here can't get help it makes me sick. I feel for all of you posted on this site and it saddens me to read all these posts of all of us that have worked so hard and look at us now. I never thought I would ever be in this mess. I will pray for us all that God would send His help and mercy to all of us in our need.

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Laura in Murrieta, California

36 months ago

My husband lost his job five months ago due to a very small mathematical error at work, that lost the company no money at all (the amount that would have been lost was only $300). He is college educated and has not worked except for temporary work. He is looking hard. I am also college educated, I worked for seven years as a high school English teacher, but resigned from my job in order to be a stay-at-home mom. Right now, I am eight months pregnant and really unable to find a job until after the baby comes. We are burning through our retirement funds just to live and pay expenses and will probably lose our home. It is so hard to see everything you have worked so hard for taken away so quickly, and I have to admit that it just makes me cry to think that no one seems to care to help us or our young children. All I can say is to pray, and maybe the Lord will help our country and help us. May God bless you all.

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J in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

36 months ago

Stay strong for your children and mind your health. We have been in the same place and we aren't out of the woods. Tell your husband to keep trying and not to let himself get into a rut. You will be OK. Lean on your friends and family for emotional support.

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Jack in Knoxville, Tennessee

34 months ago

I can understand all theses comments and empathize with the circumstances, our Government has sold us out. The American people have supported everyone and every country for so long there is nothing left for us now, when we need help. I have Yet to see a foreign country step up to help the American Economy problems that we have.
The family's in this country have been overwhelmed with hard times and job troubles. I personally have been unemployed for 3 years living on odd jobs, and so forth wondering and Praying for the next job offer. The opportunities facing us are very dim. I have even thought about giving up, but I have several mouths depending on me and just can't.
I go to church and Pray for a better way and have had my faith really tested lately. I made some very POOR decisions in my career. I was trying to improve my self with a better job since I had been at the same co for over 15 years and made my company ALOT of money.
I left and went to a new company for better hours and the economy fell apart! The meetings that I was involved in stated that the economy was tight but there will be NO LAY OFFS, guess the writings on the wall last in first out! The pressure was now on, do what we say when we say or else! else comes and you are now on the street.
I have since gone on job interviews and tried to get other jobs within my industry and out of my industry no opportunity. I never saw this coming, where does it end.

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firekeeper14206

34 months ago

I've lost my home like many others.I moved into my wood shop and converted part of it into a tiny apt.After almost 40 years of woodworking praise this is the best I can do?What kills me is the scams that are going on and the greedy people knowing you need work just to eat let alone try to keep what you have left are now offering you about a quarter of the minimum you needed to get by just a couple years ago.The generation of WWII that built this great nation are rolling in their graves.Look what we have done.We have taken all of the great foundations that they started and squandered them for the fast dollar.The greedy people are on all levels and will not stop until we stop them.We will be farmed until we decide as a body that we will not be farmed.

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j2564 in Des Plaines, Illinois

33 months ago

I thought my family was prepared, living within our means, to end up losing it all. Just a few years prior to my husband losing his job in 2009, we invested all of our savings into buying a shortsale in our neighborhood. Finally, after renting for years, we had our own home, a daughter in college (living at home with us to save money. She was accepted to a few universities in Chicago near where we live, but did the right thing and chose the more affordable school), and life was really good. I am in my 50s and my husband lost his job of 25 years. We were lucky enough to stretch the severance while my husband looked for a job. My husband graduated college, was upper middle management for a freight company, had a decent salary, and could not find a job ANYWHERE. He finally accepted a position at the bottom of another freight company- making as much as my daughter does now right out of college. It was not what I had hoped, but it was something and I am so grateful. Now, after stretching every dime, we are bracing ourselves to give up the home we just bought. We simply don't have enough for the mortgage, school loans, car pmts and etc. I am afraid to give up our dogs because they are like family. I am also looking for work, and my daughter has been doing all she can to help us. My husband and daughter make just enough money for us to NOT qualify for government assistance. My husband worked 14 hour days for the last 30 years, daughter worked full time in college and now works 50 hrs a week for scraps, and I have maintained administrative jobs. We never had a sense of entitlement. There are 99% just like me out there.

After reading the stories, I know that the 99% are starting to have a voice. How soon with life change? After struggling all my life (grew up in rural ohio), FINALLY being at peace, then losing it all again...will life ever go back to normal?

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dontgiveup2011 in Chantilly, Virginia

32 months ago

I am no carpenter but happened upon these story threads and thought I would post. I too have walked the dark, dark road that many of you are still journeying on. No one will understand the depth of despair that you are feeling and the depression you must be feeling....I know them well and the pressure of family and risk of losing everything. I also know there is nothing most can say that will make a difference for when you are drowning you want a hand to lift you out of the water not platitudes or sympathy. If you are in that dark place, you know what I'm talking about...I say keep your focus, don't give up, you are worthy, you are worthwhile not worthless, you are somebody, keep trying for the sake of your family and yourself. Every dark night eventually has a sunrise. Keep your routines, stay sharp, keep your mental focus, your full time job is searching for work. I don't have much but am willing to help anyone with resumes, job strategies, or those at wits end. You can reach me at helpamericafirst@gmail.com.

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Bobbi Casper in Ocala, Florida

32 months ago

dontgiveup2011 in Chantilly, Virginia said: I am no carpenter but happened upon these story threads and thought I would post. I too have walked the dark, dark road that many of you are still journeying on. No one will understand the depth of despair that you are feeling and the depression you must be feeling....I know them well and the pressure of family and risk of losing everything. I also know there is nothing most can say that will make a difference for when you are drowning you want a hand to lift you out of the water not platitudes or sympathy. If you are in that dark place, you know what I'm talking about...I say keep your focus, don't give up, you are worthy, you are worthwhile not worthless, you are somebody, keep trying for the sake of your family and yourself. Every dark night eventually has a sunrise. Keep your routines, stay sharp, keep your mental focus, your full time job is searching for work. I don't have much but am willing to help anyone with resumes, job strategies, or those at wits end. You can reach me at helpamericafirst@gmail.com.

You are a good egg. Even though we all feel like fireflies in the dark, passing each other with no hope of reaching out to give one and other the light we need so. We’ve got to stay spiritually united if we hope to survive. My life feels like an ice cream cone melting down my hand. It’s so sad to go from a positive motion into a dead stop, followed by a downward spiral, not knowing where the winds will blow you next. Thank God for faith. If I wasn't a Christian, I would have been lost big time 18 months ago when my husband lost his job, not long after I became disabled. But as you said, there are always connections and hopes, if you're looking for the threads and reaching for the stars, even in the blackest nights of your life. My name is Bobbi C. and I'm a newspaper editor/ writer. Thank you for reaching out in the dark, little firefly.

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DJ in Roseville, California

31 months ago

Im 55. I had health issues and nervous breakdown so I lost house, job, and everything I had. Mom got cancer so I helped her die for 18 months. Went on several interviews and they look at me like I have three heads because I haven't worked in a few years. Got SSDI but I CANNOT live on this! I was an RN for 20 years with an impecable record. I was in the military for 4 years and now it seems we live in a police state where everyone has to be perfect but the politicians! What kind of country is this!?
I have alot of skills. Maybe I can't do nursing any more but there must be something I can do-I'm getting ready to be homeless and my kids are trying to work part time and go to college part time. I can't help them and it kills me!! I have always helped everybody and now I can't even help myself!

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RL in Cincinnati, Ohio

31 months ago

I had a tattoo and engraving business for 25 years. In 2008 my Girlfriend and partner left for someone she met in internet game chat room. At the same time , the economy tanked and the people I had marketed too. could no longer afford to get work from me because they were all going bankrupt. I went through a string of toxic relationships and a string of toxic helpers at my business trying to stay afloat. All the while getting closer to a nervous breakdown. Finally after filing bankruptcy and hanging on for 6 months after the bankruptcy I closed down. had an accident 3 months before closing that shattered my tibia. I lost my home. my business. I sold everything to eat. All my friends left when I lost my shop. I am 49 and have no formal education so finding work period is hard let alone work that pays a wage you can live on. I am living with a cousin and we are barely keeping a roof and food in our bellies. The whole country is in bad shape and people who still have something ignore those who lose it. I am now pulling myself together after a complete breakdown. I pray and cling to God or I would give up. If we don't start helping each other in this country we are all going to be homeless except the one percent.

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Gena Willits in Aspen, Colorado

30 months ago

I am so sad and distraught that it takes what I have left to type. I will lose this internet in a few days. Was hoping to find some answer for what to do when you have lost everything and where to go. I cant stay here it is so expensive. I didn't find the answer. I want to blame someone, I have so much anger. My husband who I love and have been married to for 24 years and I fight. Kids are scared. So so sad.

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blue in Dandridge, Tennessee

30 months ago

My heart goes out to everyone on this forum and every other forum I have read. Everything has been gloomy for soo long and my family is now scattered and I have such an overwhelming feeling of being lost in my own mind.Such feelings of helpless and hopeless, I can't even help myself much less anyone else. People are truely blessed with their loved ones still around them and supportive of them and still have a roof over their head with good health. Time grows shorter for me when the last day comes and I can not go any further, it's time for a longlasting sleep. Prayer is all that is left. God Bless all of you and continue Praying and loving each other in place of fighting. ""Help America First"" is what I'm praying for. Thank You for reading this.

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warren in West Chester, Pennsylvania

29 months ago

looking for work in NJ in Fanwood, New Jersey said: I feel for all of you I don't mind being broke, it's all the people who depend on me that kills.
4 kids, my wife and my 80 yo mother depend on me.
Had my own business for 10 years, closing down now due to the economy. So, allthough I am inteligent and have many talents and experience I cannot get a job because I am 53 and have been out of the workforce for so long. I can run any crew doing any kind of construction, but there are no jobs.
Whats the use of even talking about it, we're done for. If I could give up, I would. Instead I try every day to make a dollar and keep everyone elses spirits up.
Good luck to all of us.

NEVER GIVE UP!! one of the underlying issues within the economic downfall of the once great nation is the fact that so many Americans are giving up.... I am 44 and have 4 children and a wonderful wife. We flourished for years in a strong economy and grew accustomed to a nice life. I hold a high school diploma and over 25years of self educated experience in the now dead construction industry, an experience that escalated me to a cushy PM position combined with a family business that earned my family 0ver six figures, well as many the down spiral of 2007 has taken nearly everything from myself and my family....I scrapped debris today and made $90.00 spent 4hours and $20 in gas ....I am an AMERICAN !!! I will survive !! I will adapt and overcome !! I will not surender to this economy !! we planted a garden of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and several varieties of vegetables... we came together as a family for the first time in years, one unit surviving. There are ways to get thru ... do not fear do not run and DO NOT GIVE UP!!! .....

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Micheal J in London, Kentucky

29 months ago

1999 in Stillwater, Minnesota said: CONTACT FLATIRION CONSTRUCTION & CHECK THE JOHN JAMES AUDOBON BRIDGE PROJECT IN NEW ROADS LOUISIANNA.THEY WILL & DO NEED CARPENTERS & THIS IS NON UNION & THE PAY IS NOT BAD,YOU WORK 6 DAYS A WEEK 10-12 HOUR DAYS & YOU GET OVERTIME.CONTACT MICK.

I need some contact information for this company if youy can provide that I would greatly appreciate it.

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broke in Saint Louis, Missouri

29 months ago

Micheal J in London, Kentucky said: I need some contact information for this company if youy can provide that I would greatly appreciate it.

That post is over 2 1/2 years old,but best of luck

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sorryforthisworld in Hialeah, Florida

29 months ago

I live with my parents; my sister, brother in-law, and niece. I have been unemployed since 2009; got a job last year (2011) and was laid off...We are losing our home, I am losing my car; two kids under two in our home and we dont know if we will be homeless tomorrow. College grad with no job, student loans that are driving me crazy; a disabled father...10 month old son...where r u God?

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buyer in Allentown, Pennsylvania

29 months ago

@woodboss your comment is irrelevant here. I buy your junk and the reason you produce poor quality work is because you feel you are entitled to some high level of profit or some higher station in life because you are a contractor. Anyone with a 6th grade education could be a contractor. A good business owner will get the best workers when they pay the best and provide the best work environment... or do you think that those capitalistic markets your so fond of do not apply to you. You get what you pay for and it sounds like your willing to pay for workers with substance abuse problems. The poor economy is real, perhaps in spite of yourself and luck you haven't felt some of the pain of the prior posts but I think you are due for a big old slice of humble pie. wake up.

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woodboss

29 months ago

buyer in Allentown, Pennsylvania said: @woodboss your comment is irrelevant here. I buy your junk and the reason you produce poor quality work is because you feel you are entitled to some high level of profit or some higher station in life because you are a contractor. Anyone with a 6th grade education could be a contractor. A good business owner will get the best workers when they pay the best and provide the best work environment... or do you think that those capitalistic markets your so fond of do not apply to you. You get what you pay for and it sounds like your willing to pay for workers with substance abuse problems. The poor economy is real, perhaps in spite of yourself and luck you haven't felt some of the pain of the prior posts but I think you are due for a big old slice of humble pie. wake up.

Buyer, I do indeed believe the econamy is slow. My post is from a Contractors point of view. I do stay busy because I demand Quality of my workers. Not luck. I feel empathy for you and others in your position, however it is the people who perform and produce the best who stay. Thats just business. As far as humble pie... I live in a double wide. I'm, I guess you could say, Rich poor folk. by the way, I wear my bags too.

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autism1 in Glasgow, United Kingdom

29 months ago

I got autism they say im fit for work when im not and theres not any work that i can do cos of my disibility and now im appeling but theyre taking 11 weeks to reconsider me i think there being twats why they think that.

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UNION LABORER in HUDSON VALLEY, NY in Warwick, New York

29 months ago

I am in the same boat as most of you. I did Traffic for heavy HWY for a Union (hvy hwy/building) & haven't worked in 6 yrs .. kids (daycare), commuting,seasonal, paying HS student $15hr cash, & the construction crash but n I also held & actively worked 16 yrs as Lic real estate assoc broker/agent but that crashed too
now my hubby who also is a union laborer (diff union his is building ) has been sitting home on & off for 7 yrs & now since week be4 xmas that it took his last contractor 5 WEEKS to pay him his last weeks pay (which is supposed to be lay off is payoff )
so now that we have lost our savings & went bankrupt Jan 2011 we have been collecting food stamps on & off since ( cause hubby works 2 day here & 9 weeks there) but we also had to use the local food pantry's that are EMPTY & some are permanently closing since they ate up ALL their federal funding. I live in the black dirt/farming region of the US with LOTS of migrant spanish workers who live rent & utility FREE since paid by their farm employer but yet they live like roaches 6 adults & 5 kids to their SINGLE WIDE trailer & they have CADILLAC SUV & 2010 CHARGER in their lot while I live in a leaking mold infested home that after paying a mtg for 10 yrs can't do it so now HSBC (BTW worst bank eva) will start foreclosure & I have a 6 & 9 yr old kids
so MR Woodboss I have to ask U how is it you hire & pay accordingly meanwhile my hubby holds all sorts of certificates OSHA classes & licenses even gets hurt on a job & continues to work & yet he is sitting home almost 3months now ?? How is it the one guy he worked for in Aug bounced his pay check ?? How is it my hubby who is a HARD WORKER & complains like you about the bottom feeders who have UNION jobs (their NONunion ) & yet he gets walking papers & they go to the next job ugh lets say NOT ALL CONTRACTORS are hiring pay what you get as much as the day laborers (spanish) as we call them in NY get paid less so make lots of money & run back to THEIR COUNTRY

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gmhaley in Suwanee, Georgia

28 months ago

I have seen a lot over the last 3 years but I'm gone to keep my trust in the Lord
I was laid off my job after 23 years, lost my house , had to sell my cars to put food on the table , lights and etc for my wife and kids. I still lost everything now my wife wants a divorce I let them down I was not able to get a job. I owe money to all my friends. I money back to unemployment. I am man looking for work as a driver , caregiver ,butler or
etc. until I get back on my feet.

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Tracey in Knoxville, Tennessee

28 months ago

Who needs a strong talented HARD WORKING carpenter skilled in most all areas with a specialty in dry wall, plaster and also welding...

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893 in Orlando, Florida

28 months ago

Wow!!! My Boyfriend has worked in Construction his whole li
fe He is the hardest worker I've ever met. He worked for the AF doing auto cad at his last job the contract ended year and a half ago. Regardless of hundreds of applications he's still unemployed! Not everyone is a drug headed looser. Maybe that is the problem you just stereo type. Maybe you should give people a chance instead of judging begore you hire. We have lost everything! I'm sick. Yes I worked until my AFContract ran out and for some reason I can't get hired even. Pray nothing happens to u and urs!

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BRVHRT in Evergreen, Colorado

28 months ago

I am seeking BRIDGE Carpenters for Christiansburg, VA. If you have a minimum of 3-5 years Bridge expereince you can start today.Please contact me at smeyer@ch2m.com

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Tobin Bigelow

28 months ago

In Ca. Fresno area if anyone has work for a construction Draftsman/Quality control. Please let me know. I have 20 yrs exp. I'm very reliable & dependable! If you or someone you know need a hard working individual with excellent references, please contact me.

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Frank in Norwalk, CT in Norwalk, Connecticut

28 months ago

warren in West Chester, Pennsylvania said: NEVER GIVE UP!! one of the underlying issues within the economic downfall of the once great nation is the fact that so many Americans are giving up.... I am 44 and have 4 children and a wonderful wife. We flourished for years in a strong economy and grew accustomed to a nice life. I hold a high school diploma and over 25years of self educated experience in the now dead construction industry, an experience that escalated me to a cushy PM position combined with a family business that earned my family 0ver six figures, well as many the down spiral of 2007 has taken nearly everything from myself and my family....I scrapped debris today and made $90.00 spent 4hours and $20 in gas ....I am an AMERICAN !!! I will survive !! I will adapt and overcome !! I will not surender to this economy !! we planted a garden of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and several varieties of vegetables... we came together as a family for the first time in years, one unit surviving. There are ways to get thru ... do not fear do not run and DO NOT GIVE UP!!! .....

If you get a chance, check out Clint Eastwood's Halftime America commercial for Chrysler. It's pretty inspirational. I got laid off as the Head Writer for an ad company. (i may not be a carpenter, but crafting words is a lot like building furniture.) Anyway I had to leave my family to work in Arkansas. Now I'm back, and scaling for work. I'm very lucky, my wife has a job, and our son is grown. But when you're drifting from job to job, never knowing what the next day will bring, it is not easy, even if you're not in immediate dire straights. I really sympathize with all of you. Wall Street and the banks have raped this country. But I do believe with the West Chester poster above - we've got to keep on fighting. Better times will come.

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Frank in Norwalk, CT in Norwalk, Connecticut

28 months ago

Check out Clint Eastwood's Halftime commercial for Chrysler. He gives a darn good pep talk. After I got laid off from my job and had to leave my family to take a freelance job 1000 miles away, I watched clint every morning on my laptop. I sympathize with everyone who's posted here. These are heartbreaking stories. But we just have to keep on fighting, because that's who we are. We're Americans, and we all came here at some point because of a dream. Dreams are still free, by the way, so hold onto them. And let's hope this awful recession comes to an end.

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Frank in Norwalk, CT in Norwalk, Connecticut

28 months ago

sorry for the double post. didn't realize the first one made it.

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jm hanna in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

28 months ago

My husband and I both have college degrees, have had a great career but now have lost most of our worldly possessions. Thank goodness we had a side income on the side with Legal Shield. It has been our life line.

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Moneyfromhome in Brandon, Mississippi

28 months ago

I am a college student. I make 20 to hundreds of dollars 5 days a week. It is called binary options trading and I do it through 24 option. Here are the 2 catches: you must have either 200 or 400 I forget which, and it is 49 dollars a week if you use the teacher I do. But it pretty much pays for itself. For instance, out if your 200-400 dollar account, lets say you put 25 dollars in for the stock. You earn 75 percent. That's an 18 dollar profit. Put in 100, that's a 72 dollarbprofit. You are only part of the stock about 15 minutes. That's earning a whole days pay in a few minutes. So that 49 dollars you forced to give, you make it back time 5. Binary options are your responsibility to file taxes for, they are taxed either as gambling wins or capital gains. You will not be taxed more than 20% of your earnings cause that's how investments are all taxed.
binary Options Trading. Google it. Easiest way to make money at home. I literally just do whatever my teacher (broker) does on his screen.
Want details? Email me at talktokelly_2000@yahoo.com

I am telling about this because of people join and tell them I referred them then I get money off my weekly amount I pay to my teacher/broker, which is like I said 49 dollars a week. Some just are satisfied making money on the side, some make this their full time job. I wouldn't be un college if I knew this was going to be around 50+ years but that isn't guaranteed.

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Con-Forte in Calgary, Alberta

27 months ago

I'm with Con-Forte Contracting, a company in Calgary, AB Canada. Con-Forte is an industry leader in the commercial and residential concrete forming business.

Con-Forte Contracting Company Inc. is hiring full-time Commercial/Industrial Formwork Carpenters to join our team full-time in Canada! Primary locations are Calgary, AB and surrounding cities. Wages range from $25-29/hour negotiable depending on experience plus benefits!
Requirements:

Minimum of 5 years experience with Commercial Concrete
Minimum 3 years experience working with Formwork Systems such as Doka/Peri
Ticketed Carpenter or equivalent experience with references
Must be physically fit
Good work ethic

Please email resumes to careers at plumb-line.ca

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eal77602

27 months ago

You are all correct....especially the person that said we are all screwed. I'm 63. I was a flight attendant from 1969 to 1983. I stayed home and had a family, but was very unhappy with my husband. Little did I know I had become severely bipolar thanks to family problems and a very troubled childhood. End result: I went to a mediator instead of an attorney that my ex insisted on. My children and I were screwed out of everything. He has not given them a nickel above the minimum amout allowed by law. I went through two banruptcies, then decided to go to school to be a court reporter. They gave us a huge sales pitch. Now that the economy is dead, so is the job. Plus the school loans have quadrupled in interest and are now up o $250,000. Can you imagine? Now, I am on the verge of losing my apartment and am on food stamps. I am not giving my animals up. I cannot survive without them, and I refuse to live in a shelter with crack addicts. I will live in my car first.
I was never materialistic and have always shared anything I had with those less fortunate than me. I also thank God every day for my health and the health of my children. There is always someone worse off as you can tell by these listings.......but never in a 100 years did I ever expect that I'd be on the verge of living on the street at the age of 63.

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illusion in kent, United Kingdom

24 months ago

Scott in Knoxville, Tennessee said: I have been laid off in NC Then moved family to Wash State to work. I started work for three months and was laid off. My house in NC was robbed and stripped of copper, toilet and house fixtures. The insurance was cancelled because no one was in house and someone else got inside and set it on fire . I ended up getting lucky and received employment in Miss so I moved the family to Miss rented a house then the economy got worse after 7 months laid off again. This time was able in three months to get a job in Morristown Tenn. I moved the family there and the GM Crisis hit hard after 5 months and out of work again. In the meantime we have used all the 401k, savings, credit cards, and we do not have any family to beg from it is just me and wife and kids. I had to give up family dog and cat because we could not afford to feed them. I have sold just about everything we had.The unemployment in TN will not

i really hope you may have made long way far from tht situation. m so proud u r gng strong evn aftr knowing tht life been so unfair,
i came to this site coz i cant find a way out of my situation,my boyfrnd i luvd the most left me 6mnths ago without any reason, and i gaveup on my life i cud not focus on anythng and thn lost my job too, in the span of last 6mnths my life has taken a lot of damage emotionly i feel.thou financialy my parents r well off and do suport me but this phase of depression jus dnt seem to cease ,dnt know how long i hv to go thru this ,i stil dnt get y life gets so cruel,
i came on this site to look fr som relief some peace of mind, and i can say aftr readin ur post m sure u r my inspiration,i hope i stay strong too.
thnx fr writing.....god bless u

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illusion in kent, United Kingdom

24 months ago

RL in Cincinnati, Ohio said:

hangon thr m sure thngs wud get better, i hd a similar story n stil gng thru it,
but somhow i feel v cant afford to be a victim everytim v must face it lik a survivor. GOd bless u

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tammy in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

23 months ago

AC in Florence, South Carolina said: I also lost everything...vehicle, house, credit , etc. Unemployment will be out next month and wont be able to eat.

i was waiting to hear from ssi my ex left me he was paying the bills but decided drugs and alchol was more important now i'm going to have to leave my home no soucre of income have to have my dog he's is part of my theripy i'd be lost without him dont know what to do

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Paidra

22 months ago

The enclosed song will perhaps speak to the wives of unemployed carpenters. We hope you enjoy it.
soundcloud.com/electronic_band/love-will-see-us-through

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debragreer1 in Brandon, Florida

19 months ago

I have worked all my life. growing up I heard how wealthy the USA was.How your skills, and degree will get you places. I have worked in healthcare insurance for15 years, I've done customer service for thirty years. I have been unemployed for almost a year. Over posted for over a hundred jobs and have been told how impressive my resume is, yet no bites.Yet government has allowed corporate America to remove jobs from American soil, lol but they have no problem spellings these products right back to us. And we buy them. There are few products that are even made in the USA anymore. And government, they are taxing even the unemployed to death. Explain to me again why we left England those Many years ago? Wasn't it called taxation? And now a once rich country is subject to greed, walkouts and diecit. 47 states right now are requesting to opt out from under governments greed and grasp. folks I'm in agreement. Empty promises, theift, lies, and the underhanded behaviour on our governments end just goes on. personally I stand alone now so what's the difference?

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ToBoeingOrNotToBoeing in Seattle, Washington

19 months ago

Poolie in Rochester, Michigan said: I truly wish I had the words of comfort. I don't consider myself a religious man, but this may sound a little bit like it; in your darkest hour and when things seem their worst, don't give up.Talk with people at your favorite restaurant, keep applying for work anywhere,stay busy. All of a sudden a door will open and your life will change.
I have to tell you this also (not to be morbid, just to let you realize it may not be that bad as some). I live in Michigan and last week a neighbor down the road backed into his 6 year old, killing her. I hadn't wept in years. Please, my friend, I hope the very best for you.

I really empathize with everyone on here. And Poolie, this is a good
thing to remind all of us. I know, that I have been so angry because of my situation (that's how I used to handle it, with anger). The thought of me being angry, driving, just makes me feel sick inside - but mostly grateful that I never hurt anyone. (I know you're not saying this person who killed the 6 year old was angry; I realize it was an accident). But I am just grateful that things aren't worse.

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