A week after he was laid off at Janesville Acoustics, Neal's wife was diagnosed with cancer. In the nearly a year he has been out of work, he has driven all over the Cleveland and Toledo areas looking for work. He has years of experience in HR, but nobody wants him.
"I just want to work," he said, explaining his motivation to volunteer at Jobs and Family Services. He's had many interviews, but each time, he's told the prospective employer is "looking for a different image," i.e., someone younger, than he.
Debbie can barely hold back the tears talking about being out of work since March of 2008 after 15 years with Norwalk Furniture.
She did what everyone said to do she took advantage of some grant money available and obtained a certificate in accounting, but it has been to no avail.