The days drag on…

It has been more than a year, and oru three Pink Slip folks are still hanging out there – jobless, pretty much interviewless, trying to network and work the online job boards, but growing tired and frustrated. This Sunday in the Merc, you can catch up with Kris, Roopa and Elise, see how they’re faring, each in his/her own way, and then read about the larger problem of long-term unemployment now impacting millions of jobless Americans. We hope you find the installment, and Dai Sugano’s powerful photos, of interest.


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  • Andrew

    As someone who was just laid off last week from my corporate job, I am part of the few that will relish this opportunity to find a new passion in life. I will no longer return to the abysmal and depressing gray walls of my cube that have served as my prison for the last 5 years since leaving college.

    Be your own boss. Be in charge of your own destiny. Be the inspiration that you search for everyday.

  • Sarge

    I’ve been following this series and just read today’s installment (sunday, sept. 6).
    It puts real faces on the rising statistics of layoff and unemployment.
    After reading today’s article, I would really like some information on how to support our friends and family who are going through the same thing.
    What information is out there?
    We’re all in this together.

  • Receiving Calif UE in another state

    I was only unemployed for 3 months after the disaster earlier in the decade. This is 100 times worse. Fortunately, I bit the bullet and have left the Silicon Valley. I have no regrets even if I can’t get back into tech sales again. It’s nice getting $450 a week in a place where the cost of living is 1/3rd that of the Valley. And it’s nice to be in a different part of the world where the competition for everything is alot less. I will never go back to California. The dream is dead out there and new opportunities await elsewhere. My advice to everyone out there is to plan your escape from California. Long term it’s the best move (financially, emotionally, career-wise) you’ll ever make.