Raúl González talks about his employment situation during an interview while his son Jeremy, 2, plays nearby at their home in Yonkers on Dec. 29, 2010. Gonzalez, an illustrator and graphic artist, has been unemployed for about a year. He looks after his sons and searches for employment while his wife works. (Xavier Mascareñas/The Journal News )
Editor’s Note: Raúl González of Yonkers is one of six bloggers working with The Journal News and LoHud.com as part of our Jobless Recovery series, which began in Sunday’s print editions. The 12-part series examines the job market and the impact unemployment has had on the Lower Hudson Valley. As the region climbs out of the recession, some sectors and businesses are expected to grow. Read stories of survival and learn about opportunities over the next 11 Sundays in The Journal News. Read more at LoHud.com/joblessrecovery.
I’ve been unemployed a little over a year now. I’m a graphic artist and have been struggling with life changes and budgets and now, winter Con Ed bills.
I hear at times on the news how unemployment has gone down slightly, but I really don’t see it. Most of my friends and their friends are still searching for work. We apply every day only to get a thank-you e-mail either from the web search engine or from a corporate human resources office.
There is now way to do a follow up on the posted job because there are often no real people receiving these applications. I loved the days of faxes and phone calls. I loved sending post cards and short letters to say thank you to interviewers and i always made my mark that way. Now everything is so impersonal.
I thank the President Obama and Congress for extending the unemployment benefits When I heard the news, I asked my wife, “What should I do with this extra time? Take an online course? Change my career?”
About the writer
Raúl González, 48, of Yonkers, is a graphic artist and illustrator who did work for Morgan Stanley for 15 years. He got laid off in June of 2009 when his department got downsized.