May was not a good month for the U.S. economy. While economic experts had predicted that employers would add over 100,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate would hold steady, they were wrong. According to CNNMoney, only 69,000 jobs were added in May. The unemployment rate also rose to 8.2 percent.
The month of May was the weakest month for job growth in a year, but despite the horrible numbers, I was able to find a job last month. I had walked away from a job several months ago, not realizing that I was going to have a hard time finding new employment. Sure, I knew the statistics, but I naively thought I'd somehow beat the odds. I was as wrong as the economic experts have been lately. While I managed to keep afloat for months on a small income I earn from acting as a property manager, I hadn't been able to secure full-time employment, until now.
All told, I went on over a dozen interviews. I lost count of how many resumes I submitted, but it was well over 75 in total. I even went back to school to finish my degree in journalism. I'm still working on that degree, and was considering an unpaid internship at a local paper, but even that work didn't pan out.
I was about to give up and try to live off a very low income when I happened across a job through social networking. An old colleague of mine friended me in Facebook. Not long after, he heard I was looking for work through another friend and acted as a reference for me at his place of employment.
The work isn't ideal and the pay is less than I was making before, but its work and I'm grateful to have it. Knowing so many people in this country are without work, I was willing to take what I could get. And I was surprised I could get anything at all.
My fortune was part luck, part knowing the right people, and part working in the right industry. CNNMoney reports that some industries are seeing very small job growth, while others are still losing jobs. For example, employment increased in transportation and healthcare, but the construction industry lost 13,000 jobs in May alone. Thankfully, I'm an industry that still has some jobs available, they've just been harder to secure.
All told, I feel incredibly lucky, but still hope that the market can turn around and I can find an even better job, or at least one that pays the income I made before the recession started.
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