“Once Upon a Job” – Nightly Business Report Series Explores Unemployment in the Current Economy


Oh, the good old days, when jobs were plentiful, stable, well-paying, and benefit-providing. The fact that those days are over is the lament of a new Nightly Business Report (NBR) series, “Once Upon a Job”. Through a series of interviews, the slice-of-life three-part series explores the current economy from the point-of-view of the jobless. One could conclude from the interviews that unemployment is more than just an economic issue; it also reflects the substance of a society, the availability of resources, and the creativity of the individual, among other things.

Part 1 portrays an interview with a former Sales Exec (Tuesday, September 1), Part 2 a former technology professional (Wednesday, September 2), and Part 3 a jobless couple (Thursday, September 3), all of whom are Illinois residents. Each interviewee is making ends meet somehow, relying on part-time work, networking, job training, family support, and other means to get through his or her unemployment. The series conveys the complexity of the current economy, including the failure of work ethic, company loyalty, employment longevity, and other factors to assure job security. It also portrays images of innovation, perseverance, and community support as individuals survive job loss.

The series premiered September first. Transcripts and videos will be available on the NBR website for after-the-fact viewing.

Sarah Harper is a professional writer based in San Francisco, California. Her interests include sustainability, government policy, and international politics. In her free time, Sarah enjoys toying with the idea of holistic health, overanalysis, and plotting world exploration.

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