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Hired: Feb. 19, 2011, after four months unemployed

> Part-time/occasional forklift driver in a warehouse

Resumes sent out since job loss: Approximately 80

Education: Some college

When not searching for jobs, I enjoy...RC airplanes, golfing and reading.

Audio Diary

The six people in our series The Road Back To Work are chronicling the ups and downs of their job searches by keeping audio diaries this year. Updates will be posted here regularly.

Audio diary, Aug. 31, 2011: "The second thing would be to take my wife on the honeymoon that we never took."

Audio diary, March 14, 2011: "Well, honey, I can't get it for you."

Audio diary, Feb. 28, 2011: "I would be making $20,000 a year less doing that than my weekend job."

Audio diary, Feb. 9, 2011: "I don't feel good about this. I just don't."

Audio diary, Jan. 21, 2011: "I just got an e-mail back..."

Brian's Story

Brian Barfield, 54, is working in a seasonal position driving a forklift in a warehouse.

"I work the same hours, do the same job as everyone else for half the money and if I prove myself I get hired as a permanent employee," he says.

Barfield had spent his career in manufacturing, making decent money — enough to buy a house and support a family. But then, 3 years ago, he lost his job and it all fell apart.

"We lost the house, and I got divorced," Barfield says. "The kids went and lived with their mother."

He says his marriage fell apart, in part because of the financial strain of being out of work for so long.

Barfield had been working for Chrysler and one of its suppliers until the carmaker shut down its operations in the St. Louis area.

"The car industry is gone, and probably the middle class with it," he says with a tone of resignation.

But being unemployed wasn't all bad for Barfield. He started attending meetings at the GO! Network, a group for unemployed people in St. Louis. There he met the woman who would become his second wife.

"I've had my share of down, down, down bad times," Barfield says. "But having met Jen, it's starting to come around and look up, and it'll be fine."

He proposed to Jennifer Heida spontaneously in January 2010. She is also featured in this series.

 
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He was recently let go from a $10 an hour customer service job and is on the market once again.

Six St. Louis residents NPR has been following have found jobs, but their struggles continue.

For Randy Howland and others in this rocky job market, hope comes in the form of a job interview.

 
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I know how Brian feels. I have been out of work for over a year, my spouse got laid off from a well-paying job and had to settle for a job with a night shift at a ridiculously reduced salary.

Being unemployed long-term can be very painful, both financially and emotionally, and can create a strain on relationships, no doubt! There have been days when I have been so down on myself I seriously did not even want to get out of bed, but I did. I did so for my own sake and for the sake of my spouse.

For all those who find themselves in similar circumstances, the only advice I can offer is NEVER GIVE UP! No matter how bad things get, NEVER GIVE UP!

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NPR is following six people in the St. Louis area who started 2011 unemployed and searching for work. They are keeping audio diaries to document their experience.

People We're Following
Brian Barfield

He met his wife at a job-networking event in St. Louis.

Jennifer Barfield

She's a newlywed: She met her husband at a job networking event in St. Louis.

Casaundra Bronner

She's a single mother with two daughters in elementary school.

Randy Howland

He's applied for more than 600 jobs since joining the ranks of the unemployed.

Ray Meyer

He had a 30-year career in banking. And he's hoping to put his banker's suit on once again.

Annica Trotter

She's started her own baking business, which she plans to continue once she finds a new position.

 



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