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Posts Tagged ‘economy’

The Decline: The Geography of a Recession

In middle class prose on April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Updated: April 8, 2011, at 4:30 pm

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 28 million people currently unemployed — that’s including those Read the rest of this entry »

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Left Out: The Real Unemployment Rate

In middle class prose on May 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

In an economy plagued by historic unemployment and long-term joblessness, it’s probably safe to say you’ve seen them. You may even know one of them.

They are the former lawyers now forced to work part-time behind the McDonald’s food counter. They are the once successful, award-winning journalists that have been out of a job so long, they’re convinced they’ll never get back to work.

They are the “discouraged” and the “underemployed.” Other often-used terms include the “marginally attached” or “involuntary part-time.”

If you only listen to mainstream media reports, you might not realize just how many of these workers actually exist. Furthermore, just how bad the current economic situation really is. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s take a moment, shall we…

In middle class prose on March 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

What a last six months it’s been. I feel like I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants since the launch of “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession” last October. Who would’ve thought a simple email from my boss, who first shared the map with co-workers and a few close friends, would amount to all of this? And to think this all started as a quick, passing thought while completing an assignment at work, which then spawned into a final project for graduate school.

Over the last few months, Read the rest of this entry »

LaToya Egwuekwe on CNN

In middle class prose on January 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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From Fashionista to Recessionista

In middle class prose on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

Mass job losses, lost income, default mortgages and shrunken savings have a lot of people tightening their budgets. But does that mean your wardrobe has to suffer, too? Of course not!  At least not until you’ve tried shopping second hand. Take a look!

‘Learn to fly with what is’

In middle class prose on July 20, 2009 at 11:56 pm


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As a journalist, I’ve covered my share of uncomfortable stories. I’ve interviewed families of murder victims, rape victims, human trafficking victims, recovering drug addicts, gang members, etc. The look of despair and hopelessness in their eyes was always unsettling. Oftentimes, I carried their stories home. Many of them remain with me today. Stories like that are pretty hard to let go.

So, when my boss asked me back in April to fly to Wichita, KS, to cover a story about some 2,000 (yes, 2,000!) people being laid off from a local aerospace company, I thought I was more than prepared for what I was about to see and hear. Read the rest of this entry »

Unemployment is worsening. What are you going to do?

In middle class prose on March 6, 2009 at 6:22 am
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Are you out of work? Laid off? Or worse, fired (these days most employers don’t even need a reason)? If so, my prayers are with you.

If not, then you’d better get down on your knees and start praying for yourself! Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Middle Ground: Defining what it means to live in today’s ‘middle class’

In middle class prose on December 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm
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Ask five people to define “middle class,” and you could very well get five different answers… Read the rest of this entry »