Out of Work in America: Navigating an unemployment crisis during a pandemic

Portrait of Marina Moya on her bed inside her mother-in-law’s home in Victoria. Her doctor gave her bed rest orders in mid-October after she put stress on her body while moving her and her husband’s things out of their apartment after a pipe burst in the neighbors’ home above them. She was experiencing some pain and discovered that her cervix was 2 centimeters dilated and her doctor didn’t want her to go into preterm labor. Her due date is Nov. 27. Read more in Your Life, Page D1.

Americans have endured economic crises before but none quite like this. To capture the depths of the suffering, The New York Times teamed up with the Victoria Advocate and 10 other local news organizations across the country to document the lives of a dozen Americans who found themselves out of work.

For months, we followed them as they dialed unemployment hotlines, applied for hundreds of jobs and counted every dollar in their bank accounts for rent and food. All of it while trying to survive a pandemic.

Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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Investigative & Environmental Reporter

"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

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