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Chicago woman struggles to make ends meet

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    One and a half million people in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan are out of work.

    One and a half million people in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan were out of jobs at the end of 2008, according to a recent report from WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.

    These people are neighbors and friends, people we stand next to on the El, and walk past on the street.

    Their stories inspired a  WBEZ series called "Hard Working," that's "all about jobs and joblessness, work and what it means when work is hard to find."

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    Carole Cantrell is a 51-year-old artist who lives in a small apartment in Chicago and struggles to pay her bills by working small, "mundane" jobs she's able to get.  But what she really wants is a job as a graphic designer.

    Her story is not so very different from the other 1,499,000 unemployed people in the Upper Midwest.  They just want to work.

    [Listen to her story ... or read more ...]