Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sangeeta Joshi had been a paralegal at a DC law firm until they began downsizing their staff in October. Her company's biggest client had been AIG. A first generation Indian American, Joshi fears for her retired parents who relied on their daughter for financial support. Joshi has had little luck in her job hunt, and has begun selling her belongings to make ends meet.
She has recently picked up a part-time contract job, but it's a mixed blessing. Taking this job means making the same amount she did on unemployment.
"Whatever I make at the part-time job, I have to deduct from unemployment. So I may as well not work, but I can't do that! Otherwise I'd go stir crazy and fall into depression." She says. Joshi feels having any kind of job gives her life structure, which is exactly what she needs right now. "I'm not going to say no to work," she says.
Not everyone is suffering in this economy. Epic Systems, a Verona, Wisconsin-based medical software company is growing in leaps and bounds. Since 2005, the company has added over 1,000 new jobs to it's roster, and is currently in phase two of construction of it's massive new rural campus (pictured). The company has a reputation for hiring young people, and their website boasts dozens of job openings. Epic specializes in electronic medical records, a field which the Obama administration hopes to support with the economic stimulus plan.