Liquidated at Circuit City
Once T.K. Campo's Circuit City store closed for good in late 2008 as part of the chain's Chapter 11 bankruptcy, he had every intention of looking for another job in electronics retail, a field he enjoyed as a sales associate. With none to be found, as a second choice he took a position as a line cook at a cafe in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., in order to support Riley, his 2-year-old son.
But after three months, Campo, 22, was again among the ranks of the unemployed. In his home state, the unemployment rate has crept up from 6.2 percent a year ago to 9.3 percent today. After trolling Craigslist for new opportunities, Campo gave up on looking for full-time work, and opted to go back to school.
He started his second stint at Arizona State University this fall, where he is now studying secondary education in mathematics in hopes of one day being a high school calculus teacher. He also found a job that is a far cry from Circuit City, but is better than nothing, he says.
"I found one at school, it's just six hours a week, though," he said recently. The job? A nude model for students in ASU's art department. "It's the only job I've been able to get." The one problem is, he says, "there (aren't) exactly a lot of hours available for it."
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--Caption by Erica Ogg
December 9, 2009 4:00 AM PST
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