I’m a 50-year-old business development director in Kentucky who’s been out of work since August



a screen shot of a person smiling for the camera: Reuben Harness. Courtesy of Reuben Harness; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider


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Reuben Harness. Courtesy of Reuben Harness; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

  • The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce.
  • Reuben Harness is a 50-year-old business development director based in Danville, Kentucky.
  • At first, his job moved to part-time, and he was then let go after the extra $600 in unemployment benefits expired.
  • He was also downsized in 2008.
  • This is his story, as told to Nick Dauk. 
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I was the regional director of business development for ConServe. I worked remotely and half of my time was spent traveling to universities and colleges in my seven-state territory, helping them with their collection accounts for tuition or student loans that were past due. 

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When the pandemic hit and traveling came to a halt, I was moved to part-time in April to attempt to perform my

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