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Post by Guest Thu May 19, 2011 8:48 am

Mike Risinger's 17-year career as a draftsman started falling apart in 2008. When the financial crisis hit, he spent a year working as a contractor, and then a few weeks working for a friend before a starting an endless stretch of unemployment. Now his wife is working two full-time jobs to pick up the slack.

"We see her very little, and usually when we do see her she's dead tired and doesn't want to do anything," Risinger says in a video posted online May 9. "It's miserable."

Risinger, who lives in Portland, Ore., says one of his two daughters wants to go to college next year. "I don't know how she's going to pay for it. The finger gets pointed at me," he says, his eyes weary. "I seem to have lost my edge. I can't get an interview anymore."

"My wife doesn't love me anymore," the 58-year-old says, smiling instead of crying. "My kids don't love me."

Risinger's video lives on Over 50 And Out Of Work, a site created by New York-based journalist Susan Sipprelle to document the jobs crisis among older workers. Sipprelle, 52, is looking out for people like herself.

"I could see the impact this is having on my peers," she says. "So many of our interviewees thought they were set for life."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/18/over-50-out-of-work-long-term-unemployment_n_863535.html

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Post by Guest Thu May 19, 2011 1:45 pm

That is so sad. So many lives have been devastated by this Sad

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Post by Guest Thu May 19, 2011 1:59 pm

I've been following this, and have watched many of the videos. It is amazing to see how through all professions this continues in misery for all of us.

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Post by americatheneedy Thu May 19, 2011 4:02 pm

I feel like my kids and husband have no respect for me whatsoever. I guess they figure if no one wants to hire me, there must be something wrong with me. I get embarrassed when my husband comes in from work at night because I feel like he's just thinking he's working hard while I sit around all day. It's just sick the way people's worth is determined.
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Post by Tweet Thu May 19, 2011 7:46 pm

I think these are just perceptions. Once people stop taking unemployment on a personal level, things can get better, emotionally anyway. The country is going through a recession and this is NOT the time to be weak but to be strong and the first thing that needs to be strong is the state of mind. It's important to see how unemployed and poor people deal with worst circumstances in other countries. They survive just fine. A person's value is a lot more than a paycheck or a job title somewhere.
People are NOT their jobs!

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Post by americatheneedy Thu May 19, 2011 7:55 pm

I agree I just wish I could get others to also.
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Post by Jobless_in_Ma Thu May 19, 2011 9:13 pm

Unfortunately unemployment takes its toll on all aspects of life. It's a sad sad state we are in now.
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Post by jmainframe Thu May 19, 2011 11:56 pm

If you want to see how a country prevents it's people from rising up against its government as it dismantles its middle class, just look at the surgical precision with which America, through proxies in corporations and in congress, took away its people's livelyhoods, stole their life's savings, and destroyed their lives, while making it seem like it was the individual's fault.

This will be read about and studied in what's left of America and other countries around the world, for years to come.
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