No Holiday for Those Who Long to Labor

The three-day Labor Day weekend provided a much-needed respite for many people. But for many others, such as the 24 million people who are unemployed or underemployed, it may have been a painful reminder of their situation. An article on WalletPop encouraged those who are gainfully employed to reach out to those who are not with a word of encouragement, some networking help, or free babysitting so they can take a low-cost date night.

I recently overheard someone complain bitterly about what she perceived to be a stingy benefit offered by her employer. With so many people out of work, the comment came off as insensitive. Call it conspicuous employment. Now more than ever we could all stand to be more attuned to the pain of unemployment. Who do you know who’s out of work? What could you do to help? Why not at least send an encouraging e-mail right now?

Speaking of holidays, Christmas will be here before you know it. Using a simple gift list will help you avoid overspending.

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