The present state of unemployment in the United States is all too well known. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that the unemployment rate is 10 % in November 2009; the job losses in the previous 3 months average 135,000; the number of unemployed persons was 15.4 million and the number of long term unemployed ( those unemployed for 27 weeks or more) rose by 293,000 to 5.9 million. But life is not about stats. alone!

The horrors of being unemployed and having to cope in a relentlessly demanding world are more graphically captured in the emotions of people who have commented ( over 400 of them) in a New York Times article  “Poll Reveals Trauma of Joblessness in the United States” .

The difficulties that they face, the brave front that they try to project and the helplessness that comes through not knowing what actually went wrong, who is to blame and why things are in such a mess leaves you with much to think about.