Where Do They Go from Here?

Before it's over, the recession is likely to put as many as 2 million people out of work. And benefits are running low.

-- For her talent in teaching social studies, Cathy Nelson, 37, was named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year last October. But she is not teaching anyone right now, because she lost her job in a budget cutback.

-- After 21 years with Quaker Oats, Mike Krause, 50, was running the European operations of the company's Fisher-Price toy subsidiary when Quaker decided to sell the business last spring. Krause, one of 1,300 employees whose jobs were eliminated, has been looking for work ever since.

-- Tommy Darnell, 29, was a skilled sheet-metal cutter at General Dynamics until he was laid off last...

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