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Yesterday’s bummer unemployment statistics (8.1 percent, 651,000 jobs lost in February) can cast a pall over anyone’s weekend, whether you’re unemployed or still hanging on to your job.

The New York Times’ Room For Debate blog ran a forum, “What To Do When You Lose Your Job,” in yesterday’s edition.  It put my experiences over the last year in positive perspective and inspired me to keep looking for new career opportunities. 

From Katherine S. Newman:

Teenage kids who learn how to pitch in to the family coffers and help with the care of their younger siblings make a difference. Neighbors, fellow parishioners and P.T.A. contacts who are still working should remember that anything they can do to help their unemployed friends get back into the game is a blessing. Most of all, the newly jobless need to remember this maelstrom was not of their making and whatever they have to do to survive will be honorable.

Michael Melcher:

At the risk of creating a national deflationary spiral, I would advise people to cut their expenses in order to buy themselves more time. (One phrase I am hearing a lot is: “I can last XXX months without changing my lifestyle.” Why are people thinking this way? If you are not earning income, your lifestyle should change.) Read the rest of this entry »