Gwen Corey’s unemployment benefits may run out in September, if she doesn’t qualify for a second extension or find a job before then. She has $6 in her wallet and 15 cents in her bank account for the next three weeks after her rent check clears.
The Mount Pleasant woman has been laid off since fall 2008, except for a temporary stint working for the U.S. Census, and she is desperate to find work.
“I just want to be busy,” Corey said. “I want to be so busy. It drives me crazy to sit around. I cannot sit and watch TV.”