Unemployment Leads to More Foreclosures Across the Country

June 23, 2009

A new wave of foreclosures is affecting areas of the country not previously hard-hit by the mortgage crisis.  USA Today reports that these foreclosures are different from the foreclosures at the beginning of the mortgage crisis in 2007.  Instead of being caused by risky subprime lending, the recent increase in foreclosures is due to rising unemployment.  In the ongoing economic recession, more and more people are losing their jobs and are unable to keep up with their mortgage payments.

To learn more about how unemployment is affecting the housing market, you can read the entire article HERE.  If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure, contact a HUD-certified counselor.  To find one, call United Way’s 2-1-1 referral service at (800) 427-4626.  2-1-1 can also connect you with resources and information about employment, food, health care, counseling, and other services.

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Foreclosures Increase for Prime Borrowers

June 9, 2009

Since the beginning of the mortgage crisis, many experts have blamed the explosion in foreclosures on risky sub-prime loans.  But USA Today reported recently that the rate of foreclosure for prime borrowers has been increasing, mainly because of rising unemployment rates.  To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE.

If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure, contact a HUD-certified housing counseling agency to seek help.  To find one, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Referral Service at (800) 427-4626.


The Salvation Army

June 4, 2009

In April 2009, the Salvation Army hosted a free Family & Crisis Resource Fair. The event was in response to the many people who are facing unemployment, reduced hours, foreclosure, or other financial troubles. People were able to visit booths to get information and resources about different financial issues, as well as job hunting.

The Salvation Army is committed to providing assistance to those in need. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact the Salvation Army, Midland Division.

Below is a video of Major Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army’s Midland Division. In this clip, Major Richardson gives some suggestions for people who may be facing unemployment. To watch more videos from the fair, CLICK HERE.


Volunteering while Unemployed

April 29, 2009

Today the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article about the increasing number of people who are volunteering while they’re unemployed.  It’s a great way to feel good and help others, to keep your skills sharp, and to network if you’re unemployed or not getting as many hours as you’d like.  A few St. Louis residents who shared their volunteer stories were actually able to find work due to the connections they made while volunteering.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE.


The Urban League’s Spring Career Fair

April 20, 2009

On Thursday, April 23rd, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will host its annual Spring Career Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Harris-Stowe State University.  Over 15 employers will be there recruting for several types of jobs.  The fair is open to the public, but a resume is required.

To check out the flyer for the job fair, CLICK HERE.

Event address:
Harris-Stowe State University
Emerson Performance Center
3026 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103


Family & Crisis Resource Fair

April 13, 2009

On Monday, April 20th, the Salvation Army will host a free Family & Crisis Resource Fair from 6-8 p.m. at the Gateway Citadel Corps, 824 Union Road.

The event is in response to the many people who are facing unemployment, reduced hours, foreclosure, or other financial troubles.  People can visit booths to get information and resources about different financial issues, as well as job hunting.  Also, beginning at 6:15 p.m. there will be presentations about  job hunting methods.  Childcare and refreshments will be provided at the fair.

For more information, you can call (314) 646-3000 or go to the Salvation Army’s website.


My Career Search: Week 5

April 13, 2009

Hi everyone,

Here’s the video for Week 5 of my career search!  With graduation only about 4 weeks away, the days seem to be going faster and faster, but I’m still doing everything I can to secure a position following graduation.

A couple weeks ago I visited Staffing Solutions, Inc., a local placement firm in St. Louis, to interview them about the St. Louis job market.  It was a great opportunity because they had some fantastic suggestions for job seekers like me. 

To check out all the videos from our interview, CLICK HERE.