Hard Times Send 'Economoms' Back to the Job Market

Many who opted out of the rat race are scrambling to get back in

Gina LeVay for Time

With a baby and a toddler, Young seeks work to offset her spouse's shrinking income

When you're eight months pregnant, it's hard to find a good interview suit. But a burgeoning belly didn't stop Nicole Young, 33, from hitting the job circuit this fall. Her husband, who works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, has seen his income shrink along with the Dow. And the consulting projects she has been doing from their home on Long Island in New York are not bringing in enough money to make up the difference. So Young, who left her full-time marketing job in 2005 when she was pregnant with their first child, buffed up her résumé...

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