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As Oregon's jobs growth crawls, thousands await their shot at recovery
The Oregonian ^ | December 18, 2012 | Molly Young

Posted on 12/18/2012 9:40:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Hope for finding a job, for paying next month's rent and for keeping the lights on over for the holidays is fading for Brenda Wallis. She lost her job in 2008, at the dawn of a recession that eventually claimed 147,700 Oregon jobs.

She exhausted her unemployment benefits and has applied for cash assistance from the same state agency at which she once worked. And she's filled out hundreds of applications, landing six interviews but no offers.

As the gap in her work history grows, the bills get harder to pay. There's little left to hope for, says the Fairview mother of three, whose oldest celebrates her 17th birthday on Christmas...

(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: jobseekers; layoffs; oregon; unemployment
Six interviews in four years? I could easily get her six interviews a week, and my skills are rusty.
1 posted on 12/18/2012 9:40:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I were hiring I certainly would not hire someone who worked for the government.


2 posted on 12/18/2012 9:47:11 PM PST by jimpick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hope for finding a job, for paying next month's rent and for keeping the lights on over for the holidays is fading for Brenda Wallis. She lost her job in 2008, at the dawn of a recession that eventually claimed 147,700 Oregon jobs.

She exhausted her unemployment benefits and has applied for cash assistance from the same state agency at which she once worked. And she's filled out hundreds of applications, landing six interviews but no offers.

As the gap in her work history grows, the bills get harder to pay. There's little left to hope for, says the Fairview mother of three, whose oldest celebrates her 17th birthday on Christmas...

And just out of curiousity Brenda Wallis, who did you vote for in the last election & the election before that. I bet 99 to 1, you voted for 0dumb0shit, the marxist-fascist-socialist boy wonder, who is bankupting & destroying our country. If so, and I realize that I am surmising this, but if you voted for 0dumb0, then I have no sympathy for your plight!

3 posted on 12/18/2012 9:50:22 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: jimpick

We would never hire a liberal either. There are subtle ways of finding out if the applicant is a Dummycrat.


4 posted on 12/18/2012 9:50:43 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No sympathy here. The far West keep voting Democratic time after time while expecting things to get better. Screw ‘um.


5 posted on 12/18/2012 9:54:18 PM PST by oyez (Hell must be a Gun Free Zone.)
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To: jimpick

Worked for the government. Six interviews in four years.

What? Are there no job training programs? (paraphrasing Scrooge, there) That’s enough time for anybody to retool their skill set, move to a new field of endeavor, and pack up and MOVE your family to where the jobs are, for crying out loud.

She’s probably waiting for the ideal job to just land in her lap without striving for it.

She sounds unemployable to me.

Hate to sound harsh this Christmas season, but that’s cold hard reality. I’m 62...was laid off a year ago and was back to work in 8 weeks because of a strong personal network, fresh skills, a great work ethic, and an ability to get along with the team at work.


6 posted on 12/18/2012 10:05:58 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: oyez
"No sympathy here. The far West keep voting Democratic time after time while expecting things to get better. Screw ‘um."

DITTO!

When will these demorats understand that things will not get better with socialist obami and the socialist demorats. Dumb azzes .

7 posted on 12/18/2012 10:07:25 PM PST by Mr Apple ( http://www.angelfire.com/md2/Ldotvets/Bubba_47.html)
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To: Mr Apple

Sometimes elections should be decided on a little more than Abortions


8 posted on 12/18/2012 10:36:56 PM PST by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: scooby321

Nope. Can’t eat gay marriage or fill up your tank with wind power either. Elections have consequences.


9 posted on 12/18/2012 10:40:20 PM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Quick open a gun store. Sell all the stock then shut your doors. If you don’t the government will!!! Shut your doors!


10 posted on 12/18/2012 10:40:35 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Am I a bad Christian if I just don’t care? I mean, she’s not starving, she’s not begging for scraps by the side of the road, missing a leg. She presumably sleeps indoors, away from the rain. She has electricity. I do not consider her one of the “poor” that I’m called on to have compassion for.

I’ve been in situations where I didn’t know how or when I’d pay my rent or keep the lights on, or I didn’t know when I’d next be able to go to the grocery store. I’ve never considered myself “poor.”

You vote for more of President Food Stamp, you get more of President Food Stamp. We abort our babies in the womb, we sexualize young children, we refuse to let people protect their children, we teach them materialism and worship of the Earth and of Earthly things, in other words we are exactly the sort of society that God forsakes in His righteous anger. We deserve what we get.

We’re headed towards another massive recession any way, the likes of which the world has never seen, because the world has never seen waste and subsidized idleness on the scale of the modern welfare state countries. It’s not if, it’s when. When these systems collapse, a domino effect depression will be felt across the entire world.


11 posted on 12/18/2012 10:51:59 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Just out of curiosity, would any of you on this thread feel sympathy for this woman if she was an ardent conservative?


12 posted on 12/18/2012 10:53:31 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare
Where did I say I have no sympathy for her or anyone else? I merely noted, as a long-time career counselor and recruiter, that six interviews in four years means she isn't going about it the right way.
13 posted on 12/18/2012 10:56:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Of course you're right--she can't be going about this in the right way. You'd know, you're a professional in this. And I know you didn't say you had no sympathy for the woman. After all you've suffered, you must have a great deal of compassion in your heart, for suffering makes us understand the sufferings of others.

But it seems there are many Freepers who are filled with hostility toward anyone who is out of work for a long time, and they invariably blame the unemployed person. They seem very threatened by the idea that it's really, really tough out there in the job market if you aren't actually living near the Bakken.

I just had this argument with someone yesterday. Even though I'm currently employed (sort of: two part-time jobs and a home business), several Freepers have accused me of all sorts of awfulness because I went through a long period of unemployment. Bad news: things are so terrible in the job market now that even good, smart, determined people may not be able to get jobs, especially if they're older or have a typical mom resume.

14 posted on 12/18/2012 11:09:58 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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I will say, here and now, that I will help any FReeper or their family until they find a decent job, no matter how long it takes. They only have to FReepmail me a resume and I will search out jobs in their area (or where they want to work) and send them in groups of four for them to apply.


15 posted on 12/18/2012 11:13:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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"Ideally, she says, she would like to find something at the Department of Human Services, where she worked as a temp from 2006 to 2007."

She's 37 years old, and her last "job" was as a temp 5 years ago?

What did she do before that?

How did she pay her bills with such a job?

I'm trying to be sympathetic, but the last thing the world needs is more beaurocrats. And in 2007, the economy was pretty good.

16 posted on 12/18/2012 11:14:27 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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She’s a poor example of the long-term unemployed. This has been a “man-cession” for the most part and lots of those were construction workers, warehouse, factory, call center, mortgage and other occupations that have gone bye-bye in this economy.


17 posted on 12/18/2012 11:20:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are kind. I am going to take you up on that, because I’ve really improved my resume in the last year, and my boss can’t afford to pay me more than the pathetic amount she’s giving me now.

Still praying for you and the Missus!


18 posted on 12/18/2012 11:30:47 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She needs to move. North Dakota. Bakken oil fields. Got to go where the jobs are.


19 posted on 12/18/2012 11:53:56 PM PST by onona (Twenty Nine Palms)
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Bakken oil fields. Got to go where the jobs are.

What would the pay be if 44 million unemployed showed up next week?

20 posted on 12/19/2012 12:08:18 AM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nope. I’ve been looking for a job in southwest Washington for two years. One interview - that’s it.

I’m 60 years old, single, and have no choice as retirement is not an option. I work or starve.

For the past 15 years I took care of my ill, dying parents. They are both dead and left bills I must repay.

The application requirements are strict: must have worked recently or be presently employed; must be “proficient” in the most recent MS Word Office version - tests are required. Since I haven’t had a full-time permanent job since 1993.

Unemployment here is over 25%. For high school graduates it is over 50%.

My nephew is 20 years old and he, too, hasn’t had a job interview during this same time period. He will be 21 yrs. soon.

Normally I would suggest the military for my nephew, but not with BHO2 as CINC.

I’m sure things will get worse.


21 posted on 12/19/2012 2:51:53 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: ottbmare

If she and a Lot of others on the West Coast were conservative,she would have a Job, and your question would be Moot


22 posted on 12/19/2012 3:26:31 AM PST by ballplayer
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Slow learners.

The problem arises when conservatives are surrounded by liberals who vote destruction to them all.


23 posted on 12/19/2012 4:40:23 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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