Casaundra Bronner, of Hazelwood, Mo., worked in marketing before being laid off in March 2010. She found a job again in March 2011 but is still uninsured and having trouble getting the health care she needs.
A little more than a year ago, NPR launched the Road Back to Work series, following six people in St. Louis who started 2011 unemployed and were searching for work. Like so many Americans, the people we followed have had difficulty getting health coverage, even after returning to work.
December 30, 2011 For the long-term unemployed, getting a job isn't always the end of the story. In the next installment of NPR's Road Back to Work series, we check in with Randy Howland and Jennifer Barfield who both find themselves searching for work once again.
November 16, 2011 Since September, President Obama and Republicans in Congress have been fighting over jobs. With so much political focus on jobs, NPR checks back in with the people we've been following as part of our Road Back to Work series. They started the year unemployed and searching for work.
September 5, 2011 Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series The Road Back to Work started the year unemployed and searching for a job. Nine months later, all six of the St. Louis residents are working, but their struggles continue.
July 12, 2011 In the months since Randy Howland, 51, was first hired as a customer service representative, his excitement of having a job has turned to defeat. As part of the Road Back to Work series, we catch up with Howland — who was out of work for more than a year — as he prepares for a job interview for what he hopes is a better position.
May 25, 2011 Brian and Jennifer Barfield met at a networking group for unemployed professionals in St. Louis. They've been married for seven months now, and they've never really known normal, at least not in the job department. Having both husband and wife unemployed put stress on their relationship.
April 14, 2011 Randy Howland and Ray Meyer are working again, though the jobs aren't ideal. They're earning far less than they did before losing their jobs at the height of the recession. And while they could easily dwell on the negative, both men say they're happy.
March 31, 2011 Annica Trotter's struggle to find work is over after five stressful months. But the financial woes aren't over for Trotter and her boyfriend. They still have to dig out from a mountain of bills before they can get married and do more to provide for their children.
March 16, 2011 In St. Louis, Ray Meyer lost his banking job two years ago and Casaundra Bronner has been unemployed since March 2010. They keep hustling, applying for jobs and networking, but it seems that the longer they're out of work, the harder it is to get back in.
February 23, 2011 Randy Howland took a customer service position that pays $10 an hour just to get back into an industry he loves. Many Americans are settling for less. Some, like Brian Barfield, are even taking part-time jobs to tide them over while they continue to search for full-time employment.
February 1, 2011 Annica Trotter, 25, is struggling to find work while she cares for her 4-month-old son. She has been out of work for just a few months, but the stress is mounting. Trotter and her boyfriend recently had to cancel their car insurance and Internet access to make ends meet.
January 17, 2011 Six unemployed residents of the area have vastly different backgrounds. But they all share one goal — finding a job. In St. Louis, the labor market and unemployment rate are very similar to the rest of the nation. NPR begins a year-long journey, following these residents in their quest for work.