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Archive: February, 2011

Georgette Cassidy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 2:15 AM
32/60 In the world of apparel, a lot gets done on a handshake, man-to-man. A merchandise buyer for a big store chain shakes hands on a deal with a sales rep from an apparel company such as Fishman and Tobin Inc., which makes boys' clothing. "Then they say, 'If you have any problems, call the girl... Read more

Samuel Jimenez

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 2:15 AM
31/60 Unemployed landscape architect Samuel J. Jimenez, 28, of Philadelphia, has so many interests - landscape architecture, urban planning, food, community development, modern dance and choreography. Yet, to him, they all fit together. Let's start with food and community development. "You are feeding... Read more

James McAllister

Monday, February 7, 2011, 2:15 AM
30/60 There's a lot that says military about James McAllister, 29, a logistics manager and mechanic, who has been out of work since October 2009, when he left the Navy to care for his ailing father. His Philadelphia apartment is shipshape, despite the presence of a very busy 18-month-old. "I don't... Read more

Donna Johnston

Sunday, February 6, 2011, 6:00 AM
29/60 Her house is on the sheriff's block, an idea that once seemed unbelievable, and now is the new numbing normal. With her 99 weeks of unemployment nearly exhausted, Donna M. Hardy Johnston, an unemployed public policy researcher, and her husband, who is diabetic and legally blind, try to make... Read more

Carolyn Trueheart

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 2:15 AM
28/60 Carolyn Purnell-Trueheart, a laid off customer service representative specializing in freight, doesn't need to be an economist to figure out why so many people are unemployed. "One person is doing three people's jobs," she said. "And then they are phasing out all the little jobs. There used... Read more

Patricia Thieringer

Friday, February 4, 2011, 2:15 AM
27/60 Recreation therapist Patricia Thieringer, 55, loved her job at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where she organized rugby, basketball, soccer, and track-and-field teams for people disabled with spinal injuries and amputations. "I got to see the strengths of people," she said. "I had the least-sad... Read more

Alfred D'Souza

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 2:50 AM
26/60 For years, Alfred C. D'Souza, 64, was one of those information technology road warriors, "leaving my home every Sunday and coming home on Fridays," consulting for companies around the nation. From 2004 until 2009, though, he worked closer to his Malvern home. His employer was based in Texas... Read more

Robert Mitchell

Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 2:15 AM
25/60 Like many people who are out of work, laid-off magazine editor and writer Robert Mitchell found himself missing the daily routine: the steady regularity of commuting, settling in at his desk, conferring with colleagues, handling the job, and then going home. Now he has a different routine. "I... Read more
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