Life after layoff: Surviving job loss and picking up the pieces

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November is shaping up to be the worst month for layoffs in the tech industry affecting thousands of workers across 72 companies.
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The number of tech layoffs continues to grow as several U.S. tech companies plan to let go of thousands of workers.  

A website tracking job loss in the tech industry,, estimates more than 130,000 jobs in the tech sector have been lost so far this year. This includes big familiar tech companies like Amazon, Twitter and Meta, the parent company of Facebook. 

For workers, losing your job can trigger shock, anger, sadness and shame. It can impact your identity and sense of self, in addition to your money. So how do you recover from the devastating loss of a job, or a career built over time? MPR News host Angela Davis talks about life after getting laid off.

Assistance for workers who have been laid off in Minnesota is available through the Dislocated Worker Program. People displaced from their work without cause can access support in returning to, or reentering, the workforce.


  • Avery Bardell is a workforce development manager with Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

  • Bonnie Gross is the executive vice president of talent services Ovative Group.

  • Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He’s also a senior economics contributor at MPR News. 

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