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Patch's Poll: Are You Underemployed?

Did you lose your job and had to take one that did not offer the pay or challenge you had hoped? Take our poll and add your comments!

Yahoo News had a story this week about a former currency trader who is now working at Starbucks, the classic example of what has become known in this recession as the 'underemployed.'

He's pawned stuff, dipped into his 401K, and had to stop working towards his master's degree.

The March 2012 form the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, "The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) fell from 8.1 to 7.7 million over the month. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job."

Does this scenario sound familiar? Take our poll and tell us about your situation in the comments.

Waterford Rez May 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Move south. Don't believe the lies you hear up hear how you will be under payed and live in a trailer. The south is booming compared to CT. Your $$$ will go ssssooooo much farther too. CT is the worst state to live in. Nearly every study reveals this fact. Bonus: People are friendly and actually talk to strangers instead of acting like they are not 2 feet from you.
Waterford Rez May 02, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I will bet my paycheck that CT will vote for all Dems despite the miserable performance (state and fed) of these nut jobs. States like CT vote for looser after looser and then sit back and wonder why things are not getting better. Just like Detroit, Chicago, Philly, DC, NY, LA, CA and all the crappy and headed for insolvency cities and states run by progressive libs. Hard to feel sorry for however. The citizens (the ones that actually vote) put these impending disasters in office. This state and country is driving off a cliff made of solar panels and debt and most people, especially the young ones, are completely oblivious to it. We are nearing the "event horizon" in this country, a tipping point,....the point were there is no return. Some people see it, most don't. Just ask the average college grad. They are the stupidest and most clueless generation this country has ever produced (not all, there are some good ones, they are just woefully out numbered). These will be our leaders some day, just like the hippies of the 70s are our leaders today which explains why we are in trouble (went from free love to free lunch). Something has to change and change fast.
Carol D. Fox May 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
LB, the Department of Labor Office (unemployment office) in Shaw's Cove gives courses on computers, Excel and Word among other things. They also have courses online, well over 1000 courses, which are free. You actually do not have to be unemployed to take these courses. You should go down there and check it out. The 1000 courses that are online you have to take a class for. At least you wont be technologically challenged if you take the courses and you will have an easier time getting re-employed in the legal field. I. also, am in the legal field and had a hell of time getting re-employed after being laid off twice. Of course, being up there in years doesn't help either. I took courses online for several months twice, (each time I became unemployed). Your last line made me laugh because I was turned down several times because of being overqualified "and may become easily bored" and that was in an office setting. I
steve May 03, 2012 at 07:10 AM
What is so impossible about getting a E-2? Put in your on the job hours, take the required classes,then take your test. Without occupational licensing sir the amount of hacks would be overwhelming and a skilled Journeyman would end up working for 15$ per hour. Not to mention a huge safety issue. Do you think someone who has changed a few light fixtures is automatically qualified to do a full service change? A live cut and tap situation??
C.J.Boa May 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Lost my job after 21 years. I worked real hard for a new profession, now I have a better job (thank you for the lay off)

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