Inside views on the jobs market
by Eloah James
My husband, Jason, an employee at a Saturn dealership in Texas, says co-workers are experiencing “short-time fever.”
Jason has worked for Saturn and GM for nearly 15 years as a service technician. For the last 10, he’s worked at the Saturn of Austin dealership.
With a steady decline in repair work over the last year, GM’s looming bankruptcy is not a big surprise for our family. With Saturn’s demise coming two years earlier than we anticipated, and the announcement of 1,200 GM dealership closings, it looks like his job may be a lost cause altogether.
By Steven Bryan
For years, I clung to the “Leave it to Beaver” business model, in which the breadwinner worked at an office for 40-plus years before quietly retiring with a gold watch and pension. Unfortunately, the eroding American economy has made that particular fantasy more of a pipe dream than ever before.
Written by Sylvia Cochran
Bills are piling up, creditors are calling even before the grace period has elapsed, the kids’ college funds are virtually zero, and I hear a drum roll whenever I open the IRA statement.
By Heather K. Adams
Living in a small town has its advantages, especially during an economic crisis.
By Kristen May
It worries me how oblivious I was to this recession. I knew bad things were happening. But then I blinked and suddenly this country is in the worst recession in my lifetime.
By Cheryl Williams
I never thought the economic crisis would affect me. I’ve never had a lot of money anyway. My home is paid for. I paid off my debts a couple of years ago. I have no IRA account. I figured my life would go on as it always had despite the worsening state of the economy.
By Jim Jones
In 2006, I lost my job at the Florence, Ala., VF Jeanswear factory when the company decided to outsource jobs to India.
By Meaghan Ringwelski
The auto industry’s problems are nothing new to the people of metro Detroit. The economy’s impact on Michigan hit close to home more than a year ago, when the small Plymouth company I’d worked for closed.