You know numbers are only part of the jobless picture in Southern California. Help KPCC cover the human stories behind these numbers. What does it mean to you, your family and your neighborhood when a layoff becomes a long-term jobless situation?
Is someone you know coping with extended unemployment or underemployment?
What's keeping you from re-entering the workforce? How are you coping with the emotional and financial challenges of being out of work? And what long-term changes do you see in your life that stem from the recession and widespread joblessness?