Coping With Job Loss as a Family
Job loss is devastating and, unfortunately, fairly common. Nationwide, unemployment is at 8.2 percent, and North Carolina's rate is even higher, at 9.7 percent. Across the country, 8.1 million people are working part-time involuntarily.
A sharp decrease in household income, from a lost job or shift to part-time work, often causes stress. Paying close attention to signs of stress in family members can help limit the damage, as can keeping major life changes to a minimum and talking to kids about everyone chipping in to decrease family spending. If things are difficult, seeking out therapy is a good means of coping.