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Help Wanted: Visit to a Job Fair

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Naomi Cohn is a job seeker and an author on the Brian Lehrer Show Facebook forum, Help Wanted. She writes:

This week I attended a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan that was sponsored by several Jewish organizations and synagogues. I didn't see any employers ...

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Covering the Job Market: Help Wanted

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You hear the numbers everyday: unemployment hovers over ten percent. Millions of Americans are out of work. We all get the scope and the magnitude of the situation, but we need to understand the impact on the individual. In the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be unemployed for over a year? What does it take to walk away from a job in this economy? How do you survive the crushing competition or navigate complicated procedures?

The Brian Lehrer Show is very pleased to introduce five job seekers who will help us explore the job market in this tough economy. These five have pledged to share with all of us the good and the bad moments on their journey to a new job. Their introductions are below. Their stories, as well as discussions, advice and helpful links, will remain on a new page in Facebook dedicated to this project. It's called Help Wanted. You can follow along and respond to the authors there.

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Naomi
Commercial, landlord/tenant, and matrimonial litigation

I was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My parents, refugees from Germany and Poland, had first landed in New York and attended college here. I moved to the city on my own when I was nineteen, but spent long stints away before I settled down and became an attorney. I worked for an American exhibit traveling in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Tashkent, Irkutsk, and Tbilisi), as a Russian-speaking resettlement counselor in Boston, and for the U.S. State Department program that admitted refugees from the USSR. My most recent position was as recoupment counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, a fortune 500 company. The carrier issues policies on property titles when there is a sale, so we were very hard hit by the recession. In January, 2009, the company announced that it was closing its claims offices in midtown Manhattan, Buffalo, Chicago, and New Jersey. I was laid off along with almost all the other counsel in those offices. Prior to Fidelity, I practiced motor vehicle accident litigation, mainly writing and arguing motions and appeals.

One good thing that has come out of my layoff is that I have been able to spend more time with my three daughters. Also, I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer attorney for the city and the state. I did research and writing in the chambers of a Manhattan Supreme Court judge who handles international commercial litigation, represented low-income New Yorkers in court, sat as a volunteer arbitrator in small claims court, and did research for a city agency. Even though I don't have a paying job, on good days, I still get a thrill out of being at the heart of life in New York.

Alyson
Fashion Design

I am a 25 year old assistant fashion designer for a vendor in New York City. Disappointed with my employment, I am currently seeking a new job or possibly a new career. When I lived in Ohio, I had very high aspirations to move to New York City and work for major designer labels. When I was laid off from a large corporate brand in Ohio, it pushed me to move to the city earlier than I had planned. Employment opportunities in the fashion industry were already sluggish when I graduated college in 2007. Determined to remain in the fashion industry, I have worked for two less than satisfactory companies.

I started actively seeking employment five months ago and have not yet received one reply or interview. Quitting is not an option in this economy, so I remain employed. In the past year, I have attended resume and portfolio

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Laid Off

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

We encountered this video about the frustration of being laid off from our partners at Economy Beat.

The video was first posted at the beginning of the economic crisis in December 2008, and the artist C.H.A.Z.Z has since created an entire album devoted to work, with songs like ...

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Tell us Your Economic Resolutions!

Monday, December 07, 2009

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Do you feel a bit wiser now that you’ve come through the 2009 financial crisis? Do you have a plan or a resolution for the new year? Perhaps you are bracing for another tough year, but this time you'll be prepared. Tell us ...

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Uncommon Economic Resolutions

Thursday, December 03, 2009

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Post your resolution under 'Tell Your Story' on the Uncommon Economic Indicators Home Page!

One year ago we introduced Your Uncommon Economic Indicators. Since then, hundreds of you have sent us stories, photos, videos…and even calls to report on the changes you see ...

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Uncommon Economic Indicators at the Dinner Table

Monday, November 23, 2009

Flickr photo by Presta

Flickr photo by Presta

Starting somewhere around Thanksgiving, here in the U.S. we enter a season of reflection and celebration. We get together with friends or family and allow ourselves some well-earned downtime to observe traditions.

Many WNYC listeners have sent in stories to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators that focus on gathering at the table. We have noticed over the past year that food--whether we talk about lunch, groceries or going out--is on everyone's mind during tough financial times. As you pause during your holiday, think of these dinner stories below from other WNYC listeners.

Mary Goddard
tells us

A small, family-owned/operated restaurant in upstate NY (Olmsteadville) has created 'Recession Buster Sundays.' Scott, the chef, and Theresa, the server, offer their Sunday meals as a 'pay as you want'. They serve what my husband and I consider to be gourmet meals.

...and in Queens, Michael noticed another restaurant offer:

A new restaurant in Forest Hills is offering 'bring a friend for free' on one day a week, and on another day, 'Pay what you think is fair.'

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Good Uncommon-Economic-Indicators Morning!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Brian Lehrer on Good Morning America

Brian Lehrer on Good Morning America

The Brian Lehrer Show's listener-reporter collaboration, Your Uncommon Economic Indicators, has certainly helped shape how we view the recent recession.

As Brian told the host of Good Morning America on Sunday, ...

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Who's behind these Uncommon Economic Indicators?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Our online collaboration of economic coverage between listeners and the Brian Lehrer Show now has more than 700 posts, and occasionally we get a peek at some of the people producing the content. We thought you'd like to see them too!

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YUEI Videos from The Takeaway

Monday, August 10, 2009

Femi Oke and the Takeaway team are trying their hand at shooting video of some economic indicators--in this case, more practical than uncommon, but still local stories about the economic impact. Perhaps those of you who entered our recent video contest gave them inspiration! Take a look:

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Wrapping up our Video Contest

Friday, July 31, 2009

It was great to meet our three video contest finalists and their friends in the Green Space on Thursday, and to celebrate all of the Uncommon Economic coverage you have helped us produce this year.

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WNYC-Listener collaboration wins Honorable Mention

Thursday, July 23, 2009

J-Labaward

The cooperative effort between The Brian Lehrer Show and the WNYC audience over the past six months to gather anecdotes, photos, calls and videos and tell the less-reported story about the 2009 Recession, has been named a Notable Entry in the Knight-Batten Awards ...

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WNYC-Listener collaboration wins Honorable Mention

Thursday, July 23, 2009

J-Labaward

The cooperative effort between The Brian Lehrer Show and the WNYC audience over the past six months to gather anecdotes, photos, calls and videos and tell the less-reported story about the 2009 Recession, has been named a Notable Entry in the Knight-Batten Awards ...

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Halted Development

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Drastic changes in the economy have ground many developers' plans to a halt in the New York City metro region. We're tracking cranes on pause as the latest chapter of our project, Your Uncommon Economics Indicators. Help us map and photograph the empty condos, half-baked luxury high rises and stalled ...

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Vote for Your Favorite Uncommon Economic Indicators Video

Friday, July 10, 2009

Your Uncommon Economics Indicators is now 6 months old, with over 600 stories and more than 450 contributors. To celebrate our half birthday, we sent a challenge out to our collaborators and to WNYC listeners, inviting them to send us uncommon VIDEO economic indicators. Twenty people responded with unique points ...

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More videos from our contest

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Jazzgiving by Tom Guiney

The Great Recession: How My Life Has Changed by Jamie Flanders

No One Goes ...

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Uncommon Economics Video: Brooklyn Small Business

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Contest submission by Gabriella Kessler

We plan to feature all our video entries on this page in order of appearance. Return to this page to vote soon, then we will screen the finalists ...

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Who's mowing your lawn this year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Three men mowing the lawn
Originally uploaded by jaywood_uk

In a new post to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators,
Birgit Hottenrott tells us ...

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The Recession and Changes to our Space

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Your Uncommon Economic Indicators is entering its fourth month and we now have twenty-seven photographers in our Flickr Group. Many of our contributors have included images with ...

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Some Recession Humor

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Part of the perpetual slideshow on unemploymentality.com

Part of the perpetual slideshow on unemploymentality.com

While economic bad news circulates like the latest flu virus we all dread, the folks at Unemploymentality have found a way to lighten the mood with some job ...

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Small businesses prop each other up

Monday, April 27, 2009

Signs spotted on Second Avenue and East 92nd Street

Signs spotted on Second Avenue and East 92nd Street

A contributor named Maggie spotted these signs posted on the Upper East Side. She writes, 'I think it’s great that two businesses (one a ...

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