NPR Series: The Road Back To Work http://www.kunc.org en Even When Employed, Health Care A Challenge http://www.kunc.org/post/even-when-employed-health-care-challenge <em>Part of an ongoing</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133088535/st-louis-the-road-back-to-work" target="_self">series</a><p>Zumba is a fitness craze; a high-energy dance and exercise program. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:01:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 22752 at http://www.kunc.org Even When Employed, Health Care A Challenge When The Road Back To Work Detours http://www.kunc.org/post/when-road-back-work-detours <em>Part of an ongoing</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133088535/st-louis-the-road-back-to-work">series</a><p>For the long-term unemployed, getting a job isn't always the end of the story.<p>Randy Howland spent most of this past year working at a $10-an-hour customer service job. He used to make six figures. With this job, he was settling, just so he could have the satisfaction of working. It was essentially a call-center job.<p>At times, Howland struggled with the pace, taking too long on the calls because, he says, he wanted to make sure the customers were happy. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:26:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 19956 at http://www.kunc.org When The Road Back To Work Detours Squabbles In Washington Frustrate Job Seekers http://www.kunc.org/post/squabbles-washington-frustrate-job-seekers <em>Part of an ongoing</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133088535/st-louis-the-road-back-to-work">series</a><p>Being unemployed for more than two years changed the way <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/133407733/the-road-back-to-work-ray-meyer" target="_blank">Ray Meyer</a> looks at politics. He has always leaned Republican and used to have little sympathy for those who were receiving unemployment benefits.<p>"I used to think all those people that were unemployed, a lot of them could find jobs if they just wanted to," Meyer says. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:34:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 17738 at http://www.kunc.org Squabbles In Washington Frustrate Job Seekers Bumps On The Road Back To Work http://www.kunc.org/post/bumps-road-back-work <em>Part of an ongoing <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133088535/st-louis-the-road-back-to-work" target="_blank">series</a>.</em><p>Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series <em>The Road Back to </em><em>Work </em>started the year unemployed and searching for a job.<p>Back in January, we gave six people, all living in St. Mon, 05 Sep 2011 18:05:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 14006 at http://www.kunc.org Bumps On The Road Back To Work Hope: A Precious Commodity In This Job Market http://www.kunc.org/post/hope-precious-commodity-job-market <em>Part of an ongoing</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133088535/st-louis-the-road-back-to-work" target="_blank">series</a><p>In the months since Randy Howland, 51, was first hired as a customer service representative, his excitement having a job — any job — has turned to defeat.<p>"This is an anniversary day," says Randy into a recorder he's using to keep audio diaries for NPR's <em>Road Back to Work </em>series. "I've had my $10 an hour job now for four months."<p>His voice conveys disappointment. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:22:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 11107 at http://www.kunc.org Hope: A Precious Commodity In This Job Market