Among the hundreds of people at a rally last week in Charlotte, N.C., calling on Congress to create more jobs to get our economy going again were two sisters and their brother who all have had to move back in with their parents because they cannot find jobs. Read what the siblings have to say:
Destiny Jackson, 20: Destiny is a single mom with a 3-year-old son. She’s taking paralegal classes and hopes this leads her to a full-time job.
Q: What made you move back home?
A: It’s been so hard to find a job right now, the way the economy is. I had to move back home because it was too hard to make it without a steady income. My brother had already moved home and my sister is living with all of us now. We love it because we are family, but we want to be on our own. We want jobs to provide for ourselves.
Q: What needs to be done to create more jobs?
A: We can’t just be asking Congress to create jobs. We all need to come together as a group and stand up for what is right. I can’t believe that in this country, there are so many unemployed people. We want to work and we must all stand together to demand good jobs with fair pay that offers health care and good benefits.
Q: Why did you go to the rally?
A: I have a voice and I wanted it to be heard.
Paulette Anthony, 21: Paulette graduated last year from a Job Corps program but has not been able to find a job. She is a certified medical administrative assistant, but is working as a part-time babysitter to make some money.
Q: What has your job search been like?
A: I have filled out so many job applications, but have not gotten any callbacks. When I have checked back to see about my application, I’m told the position has already been filled. It has been pretty discouraging. I had to move back home because the money I make babysitting is not enough.
Q: Do you feel there is a disadvantage for young people like you looking for jobs?
A: I do. I think employers want someone with more experience than we have, but how else can we get experience?
Q: Why did you go to the rally?
A: So many of my friends and my family don’t have jobs. Something has to be done.
Derek Lord, 22: Derek is a single dad with two children, ages 5 and 2. Derek has been faced with trying to explain why he has a misdemeanor on his record, which stems from him missing a payment on a computer. Derek was arrested when he tried to sell it because he needed money.
Q: How has the misdemeanor affected your job search?
A: I get automatically turned down, I don’t even get a chance to explain what happened. People can’t get over my past. I am a good person. I support my family the best I can but I need a job.
I am a certified welder. I have only been able to get part-time jobs landscaping or building handicapped decks. I had to move back home from California because I could not find enough work.
Q: How do you and your sisters cope with all of this?
A: We have each other. We look out for one another. I’m glad we have a good family support system.
Q: What did you get out of the rally?
A: I saw a lot of people coming together in situations like ours. I’m hoping all our voices will be loud enough to be heard. But there doesn’t seem to be any opportunities here.