GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Angela Nyburg has been unemployed 22 months. Whenshe first spoke with 24 Hour News 8 in December, her unemploymentbenefits were about to end.
Now they have. And she still doesn't have a job.
Though rates of the short-term (14 weeks or less) unemployedhave gone down, those with long-term unemployment (15 weeks ormore) are actually up at least 15 percent.
Nyburg has a college degree and 16 years of full-time experiencein business administration, but eventhough she keeps plugging, "sometimes you just have to sit downand cry about it."
People out of work for extended time lose job skills and chancesto network. It's also not always easy to return to school.
"I can't go back to school," she said. "I'm sitll working on astudent loan from my bachelor's degree, so there's no need for meto get my Masters if I can't get a job with a bacherlor's(degree)."
Options begin to run out. She continues to check job postingsand calling temp agencies. She's sold some of her belongings. Eventhe phone bill is under scrutiny.
"That's my only way of communication. I can't find a job if Idon't have a phone and they can't reach me."
She has applied at "Target, Meijer, Barnes & Noble,basically the whole strip of Alpine," she said. Still, nooffers.
But she's not giving up. She's hopeful of finding a job, and hasfaith someone can do something about it.
"There's enough people with the same problem that politics,government, they can't simply turn a blind eye to it."
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