Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - More than half a million jobs were lost last month, alone. It is the most in nearly 40 years. It sent the unemployment rate soaring to more than 7 and a half percent. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports for women, the unemployment level is now at 1.1 million, but for men, it is nearly triple that amount. Women traditionally make up a large part of the healthcare and education sectors which remain pretty stable even in this economy, but construction and manufacturing jobs, mostly held by men, have been hit longer and much harder.
It's a trend that may get worse before it gets better and it is taking a toll inside East Texas homes, but it doesn't have to be a big one.
"I have never been in this position before," said Joel Denton.
Thursday, Denton had a job. Now, he is looking for one.
"It's a real sad thing to watch; people losing their jobs, carrying their boxes out and worried they're going to do with their families," said Denton. "Everybody's worried right now."
He is just one example, proof East Texas is certainly not immune. Closings and cut backs, shifts in production and layoffs are all increasing along with the number of calls to the East Texas Crisis Center.
"We absolutely help men," said Martha Carney. "We just see them less often."
Carney is with client services.
"Anytime we read anything about the economy getting worse, foreclosures in houses, all of those things, I always wonder how that's going to affect women or families that are already under strain," said Carney.
She says her center has resources for both men and women to decrease the stress this recession can cause. Stress Carla Self said she's all too familiar with.
"Loss of security, great anxiety, stress, and that starts with the bread winner and rolls down to the children as well," said Self.
Understanding that and knowing what resources are available can help.
"Yeah, things will probably get worse before they get better, but we've been through hard times before and we will survive," said Self.
"I hope this economy will turn around pretty soon," said Denton.