Before WAMU went under they laid off my father, before it was cool to get laid off. They also gave him his severance as a lump sum and leaving my mother as the bread winner. He spent 11 months looking for work. He used every connection that almost 30 years in the bay area banking scene had gotten him and he finally got a job making $17.50 an hour in a customer service phone center.
He is making $2 more an hour than I am as a sales associate. This is a job he did when my parents were first married and I was young. We are glad he has work, but my family still isn't out of the woods.