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Trying to hang on
Trying to hang on
Donalee King, who goes by the name Paladinette, advocates for the long-term unemployed.
Name: Donalee King, 51
Location: Escondido, Calif
Unemployed since: 2007
Benefits ended: March 2010

Now that she's run out of unemployment benefits, Donalee King has no idea how she'll afford to renew the insurance on her truck in June. And without a vehicle, she doesn't know how she'll be able to look for a job.

King, who hosts a twice-weekly Internet radio show for the unemployed under the name Paladinette, has been without a job since 2007 and without her $366 weekly unemployment check since the end of March. Those payments allowed her to afford shelter, food, gas and the tools she needs to search for employment, such as Internet access.

She's saved enough to make it through May, but that's it. After that, she'll likely have to leave her home and move in with one of her sisters.

King is hoping that the federal government will expand unemployment benefits beyond the current 99-week maximum.

"I want a job, but until those jobs are available, we need these benefits to keep us off the streets, hungry and angry," she said.

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