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Patch's Poll: Are You Underemployed?

Did you lose your job and had to take one that did not offer the pay or challenge you had hoped? Take our poll and add your comments.

Yahoo News had a story this week about a former currency trader who is now working at Starbucks, the classic example of what has become known in this recession as the "underemployed."

He's pawned stuff, dipped into his 401K, and had to stop working toward his master's degree.

The March 2012 form the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, "The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) fell from 8.1 to 7.7 million over the month. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job."

Does this scenario sound familiar? Take our poll and tell us about your situation in the comments.

Malvi Lennon May 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Many in Connecticut are un-employed or underemployed. Families are falling apart under the financial pressure. Domestic abuse is up as is child abuse. I read somewhere even the suicide rate is up. CT NEEDS GOOD PAYING PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS! However, rather than work with small business owners learning from them, the real job creators, what it is that the state government could do to help small businesses create jobs our elected officials ignore “special deals”. The State House and Senate quietly allowed a contract giving state police lieutenants and captains a 56% pay increase to become effective. You heard right folks. Last year the state police brass became unionized. Their new contract calls for the outrageous up to 56% pay raise. The legislature had 30 days to vote on the contact. THEY FAILED TO VOTE. Hence, the contract became effective by default. I do not begrudge anyone a raise specially the police (for the sake of full disclosure my son is a police officer). My issue is not with the recipients of the pay raise or even with the union. However, I have a huge problem with the cowards sitting in Hartford buying favor with special interest groups while regular folks lose their jobs, their homes, and in many cases even their family. That is unconscionable.
Marcie May 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I have a problem finding employees that are good, honest and reliable workers. I kid you not.
Spiff May 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Malvi, Unfortunately, these types of activities are par for the course in this state. I'm sure you'll recall Governor Malloy's call for "shared sacrifice" when he signed the largest tax increase in state history last summer. Well, this is undeniably NO example of shared sacrifice. Malloy and his Democratic and Union cronies should be ashamed of themselves! Unfortunately, THEY HAVE NO SHAME, and that's why our state is the way it is. Instead of dealing behind closed doors as politicians in this state have done historically, they don't even try to hide it any longer. Anyone who supports these types of activities should be ashamed of themselves as well. Until we vote out the Democrats, they will continue with no end in sight.
J. Lippi May 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I am all of those things, hire me !

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