When Barack Obama assumes the Oval Office next week, he'll inherit the country's record-high unemployment. Nationally, the jobless rate hit 7.2% in December. In Massachusetts, it was a bit lower, at about 6%.
But if you've lost your job, these statistics are 100% reality. And, with more layoffs every day, you're not alone.
To help take the edge off their unemployment, and maybe help get a new job, some people are gathering for "pink slip parties."
WBUR's David Boeri stopped by one local gathering.
This program aired on January 15, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.