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October 27, 2003
Laid-Off Workers Bide Time in Survival Jobs
More laid-off professionals are taking part-time jobs to wait out a jobs market that continues to sputter, USA Today reports.

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There has been a sharp increase in the number of workers who have taken part-time work because of economic conditions in the last three years, according to Department of Labor figures. In September, 5 million workers took the part-time route because of the economy.

Patti Wilson, a career coach in Los Gatos, Calif., says that while there are more laid-off professionals taking part-time work to survive, there continues to be a stigma.

"These are really smart," says Wilson. "They need a job to survive, and it's a gut blow. It's very hard to come to terms with. 'What if friends see me? What if clients find out?' "

The newspaper reports that laid-off professionals seek part-time work for a variety of reasons. Some laid-off workers find part-time jobs out of necessity--to pay mortgage payments and other expenses. Others say that it is easier to secure full-time work if they are employed, even if it is part-time, according to the newspaper.

The newspaper notes that an education has offered little protection in the struggling economy, with layoffs affecting people from a variety of education and work backgrounds.


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