Rising US Unemployment Scaring the Shit Out of Me

I have been employed since November 2019.  On Facebook, I see friends’ posts about unemployment. Some posts talk about being laid off. This due to virus lock-downs. Some posts talk about hard times getting unemployment benefits: unemployment website crashing down and can’t reach unemployment people on the phone.

Seeing some of my friend’s posts, I keep quiet about having a job.  I fear stirring up jealousy and resentment.

Still, I am experiencing something unusual.  You see, among my social circles, I am usually the one without a job.  At least, that’s how it looked. Now, things seem to have reversed.

True enough, my job doesn’t pay a lot of money. Yet, it pays the bills, fills my prescriptions and puts food in my mouth.

The rising unemployment still scares the shit out of me.  Right now, it’s at 14.7%. That’s over 23 million Americans unemployed!

Will I be joining them?

In the past, in two separate incidents, I was fired during or around a recession.  After a recession that lasted from July 1990 to March 1991, Kmart fired me. Years later, during the recession that lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, Walmart fired me.

After being at both places for years, it was only during economic hard times when folks all of a sudden had a problem with me. 

Will this same shit happen to me at my current job? Who knows?

Right now, I feel thankful.

Photo by Phil Campbell.

About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, the now sober blogger guzzles Diet Coke in Central Florida nightspots.
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6 Responses to Rising US Unemployment Scaring the Shit Out of Me

  1. During the last recession,both my wife and I lost jobs when our stores went out of business and were downsized,we were without jobs for three very long months and he had just bought our house as well. Its a most uneasy feeling.
    As for your job,just stay the course,show up on time and don’t call off for nothing (other then the virus). and you’ll be good.


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