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Archive: January, 2011

Rashidah Johnson

Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 2:15 AM
24/60 Health insurance is so complicated, but laid-off claims adjuster Rashidah Johnson understands it more than most. "I like it because I'm helping someone, especially dealing with the elderly," said Johnson, 39, of Philadelphia. "As for the doctors, they want to get paid, just as everyone else... Read more

Daniel Lamb

Monday, January 31, 2011, 2:15 AM
23/60 There are certain kinds of people who know how to make things happen. When the copy machine is broken, they can fix it. When a package gets lost, they track it down. When there's a meeting, they know how to operate the audiovisual equipment. Most important, they make sure there is plenty of... Read more

Jewel Taylor

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 6:00 AM
22/60 When Jewel Taylor, 41, a laid-off auditor who specializes in real estate, gets tired of listening to Sesame Street with her three young sons, she puts on her favorite opera. "The boys and I listen to it," said Taylor, a mezzo-soprano who lives in Gloucester County. "I love Kathleen Battle and... Read more

Karen Martineau Jones

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 2:15 AM
21/60 Karen Martineau Jones, 49, an environmental health and safety manger, is lucky in love. In her work, well, that's a different story. Let's rewind to 1998, when Jones, who was then living in California, returned to Malvern for her 20th high school reunion. Never married, she fell in love with... Read more

Angela Terry

Friday, January 28, 2011, 2:15 AM
20/60 With Thursday's snow mounded on the streets like mini-Alps, Angela Terry, 40, dreams of visiting someplace warm, maybe the Cayman Islands. Until April 2009, when she was laid off from her corporate travel associate job at Adelman Travel Group, all those lovely palm tree and beach brochures used... Read more

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
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