NPR Series: The Road Back To Work

2:11pm

Thu April 14, 2011
The Road Back To Work

Returning To Work: The Satisfaction Of Having A Job

Part of an ongoing series

The Labor Department reported on Wednesday that first-time claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 27,000 last week. That's a setback for a labor market that has been improving in recent months.

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4:23pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Road Back To Work

The Thrill Of A Job, And The Worry Over Digging Out

Part of an ongoing series

Annica Trotter's job search has been filled with stressful moments.

In February, Trotter, 25, had been out of work for more than three months when she missed a phone call from a potential employer — an HR person at a security company.

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3:32pm

Wed February 23, 2011
The Road Back To Work

The Relief Of Finding A Less-Than-Perfect Job

Part of an ongoing series

Earlier this month, in the dead of winter, Randy Howland finally got a job offer.

It's similar to a call-center position, except the St. Louis resident would take customer service calls from home. It's not perfect: The pay is low and with taxes taken out, it would be less than he was getting on unemployment.

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4:07pm

Tue February 1, 2011
The Road Back To Work

The Strain Adds Up: Bills, Baby And A Job Search

Part of an ongoing series

At a time when most people think about turning in for the night, Annica Trotter sits down at her computer to apply for jobs.

But it's almost impossible to apply for anything these days without going online, and that's where Trotter hits a snag. The 25-year-old is only able to apply for jobs when her boyfriend, Greg Perine, and his cell phone are home.

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4:49pm

Mon January 17, 2011
Economy

Finding The Path Towards Employment In St. Louis

First of an ongoing series

Until March, Casaundra Bronner, 39, worked for one of the largest and certainly the most famous employers in St. Louis — Anheuser-Busch.

Bronner had been there for 11 years, working her way up to a marketing manager job.

"My last position, I really enjoyed it," says Bronner. "[The layoff was] like a rug taken from under me."

She was among hundreds the company laid off.

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