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William West

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 2:15 AM
19/60 As companies laid off oceans of employees during the recession, Cigna Corp. and other health insurers experienced a ripple effect that was more like a tsunami. Unable to afford premiums, the unemployed dropped health coverage. Meanwhile, their former employers simply had fewer people to insure... Read more

Theodore Fitzer

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 2:15 AM
18/60 It's a good line, so Theodore R. Fitzer, a laid-off finance director, uses it to launch his "elevator speech." That's the 30-second sound bite unemployed people learn to make when asked, "So, what do you do?" "I'm the only accountant I know with thermodynamics, atomic physics and three levels... Read more

Gregory Hemmings

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 2:15 AM
17/60 So what is Gregory S. Hemmings' favorite beer? Until 2008, when he was laid off from his job as a distributor development manager for Miller Brewing Co, which included Miller and Coors brands, his top choice was one of those brews. Now? "Let's just say I like beer," he said with a laugh. For... Read more

Sheryl Pincus

Monday, January 24, 2011, 2:15 AM
16/60 Every time Sheryl "Pinky" Pincus had looked for a job in the past, she landed one instantly. Maybe it was the alphabet soup of credentials after her name: BSN for her nursing degree, MS for her nurse-practitioner degree, and JD, denoting the law degree from Widener University. Pincus, 60, of... Read more

Jeffrey Adam Baxt

Saturday, January 22, 2011, 6:00 AM
15/60 Evidently Jeffrey Adam Baxt passed the test, because he was able to get work washing dishes at Albert Einstein Medical Center one Labor Day weekend. "You actually have to take a written test to be a dishwasher," marveled Baxt, a writer, event planner, publicist and actor from Roxborough who... Read more

Amy Dinning

Saturday, January 22, 2011, 2:15 AM
14/60 Amy L. Dinning works four days a week in her field, which is training, curriculum design and talent management. So, in many ways, Dinning, 47, of King of Prussia, could be considered employed. But Dinning would consider herself tentatively employed, in a situation that is increasingly common... Read more

Larry Sutter

Friday, January 21, 2011, 2:15 PM
13/60 Larry Sutter got his start as an assistant buyer of dinnerware for Marshall Field's, the legendary Chicago department store. These days, his expertise is in shopping for the manufacturing processes that produce the dinnerware, or figurines, or, for that matter anything - including industrial... Read more

Denise DeFeo

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 2:15 AM
12/60 Denise M. DeFeo's resume has a long list of skills that cover the usual range of capabilities expected of an administrative assistant. But it doesn't say what might have been DeFeo's greatest accomplishment. "I had seven bosses at one time," said DeFeo, 52, of Mount Laurel. "It was great. I... Read more

Soo Hwan Lee

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 2:15 AM
11/60 Soo Hwan Lee, 35, an unemployed data recovery specialist, says he likes the cold, which is good because he's using just enough heat to keep the pipes from freezing. "When my wife's away on business, I turn down the heat," he said. Lee, of Queen Village, was laid off from SunGard Data Systems... Read more

Brian J. Weirauch

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 2:15 AM
10/60 Brian J. Weirauch had a very strange December. He was relaxed - well, somewhat. Ever since Weirauch, 49, graduated from college and started in retail management, the last month of the year would be an exhausting blur of long days, late nights, and early mornings. The good news is that he's... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

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