6 of 7
BACKNEXT
Deciding which bills to pay
Deciding which bills to pay
Micheal Stewart, with his fiancee, Linda Sherman, has to decide which bills to pay.
Name: Micheal Stewart, 55
Location: Flushing, Mich.
Unemployed since: September 2008
Benefits ended: February 2010

For Micheal Stewart, getting unemployment benefits meant being able to afford his monthly mortgage and keep the lights on.

Now that he's without that $1,550 a month, he and his fiancee, Linda Sherman, have some tough decisions ahead. Though she works several jobs, they don't have enough to make the May house payment and cover the other bills.

Stewart has been unable to find another position since being laid off from an auto-supply factory in September 2008. He sends out resumes every day and has even applied to fast food restaurants to no avail.

"I'd work at McDonald's if I could," said Stewart, who has had to borrow money from friends and family.

Though he's taking odd jobs such as painting and lawn mowing, it's just not enough. If he doesn't find employment soon, he'll let the bank foreclose on his home and the couple will live in trailer on friend's property.

"No matter what you do, you can't make ends meet," Sherman said.

NEXT: Can't pay her doctors

Email | Print | Share
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Last updated April 30 2010: 4:07 AM ET
More Galleries
8 of the world's craziest fast food items American food chains operating abroad must cater to local tastes to succeed. The results are spectacular. More
Inside the $50,000 Emmys swag bags If getting nominated or presenting an Emmy award isn't prize enough, celebrities come away from TV's big night with luxury goods and vacations worth $50,000. Take a peek at some of this year's luxe giveaways. More
10 most expensive cars sold at Pebble Beach These multi-million-dollar cars sold for top dollar at this year's Pebble Beach collector car auctions. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.