Trying to find a job

March 6, 2009 3:38:44 PM PST
The economic crisis stops being a news headline, and starts being a human crisis for many. Andre Jourden is one of the increasing numbers of newly unemployed people using The Philadelphia Unemployment Project resume and job search resources.

The x-ray tech has been seeking work since moving back to Philadelphia to be with his son 5 months ago. His next interview is with a telemarketer.

"But the thing about it is he says he has 125 people applying for...three positions," Jourden said.

Business partners Lorraine Davidson & Saharon Joseph came to the unemployment project because their successful, Mt. Airy based, 9-year-old concierge and errand business is collapsing.

The business that was fueled by discretionary spending dropped off by 80-percent in the last year, so they must make a difficult transition from employers to employees.

"We decided running the business is not happening now, so getting employment or seeking employment would be the next best bet," Lorraine Davidson said.

While the unemployment project does support people in their job search, it also helps people with work woes deal with some resulting financial problems

"We help people make it through unemployment without losing everything. We're seeing a lot of people with trouble with mortgages, seeing a lot people who lost health insurance," John Dodds of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project said.

The project helps people negotiate better mortgage rates and find affordable healthcare.

But hospital emergency rooms are already seeing increasing numbers of newly unemployed patients who don't find alternative health care.

"Emergency departments throughout the country and in Philadelphia are seeing more patients who have no insurance ending up in emergency departments," Dr. Ted Christopher of the Philadelphia Medical Society said.

With no signs of an immediate economic turn around, hospitals and employment services expect to see the numbers of people seeking help to continue to climb.

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