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Joblessness in America: Share your stories

Photo: Flickr/Bart Heird

As the country’s unemployment rate lingers just below 10 percent, many Americans continue to struggle with joblessness, tight finances, and underemployment. Need to Know’s Friday broadcast highlights a few of these stories of people — some just starting out in the work force, and some who have been a part of it for decades — trying to eke out a living in a stagnant job market with limited options. But we know that the portrait of unemployed America is even more varied and complex still. So we invite readers to share their stories here – how have you been affected by joblessness or underemployment? Have you had to radically change career plans or living conditions in order to get by? Share your experiences in the comments below.