Layoff burden takes toll on families

When Millie Puldon learned her job would be eliminated, she agonized over how to tell her three kids. ''I didn't want to worry them,'' recalls Puldon, a single mother. When she did tell them, her 9-year-old daughter broke into tears and asked, "Are we poor now?''

Job loss is hitting employees of all kinds, and it's delivering a profound blow to family stability. The latest U.S. Labor Department report says employers cut payrolls by 62,000 in June -- the sixth straight month of nationwide job losses. In South Florida, more than 140,377 people are out of work.

Job loss ranks in the top 10 most traumatic things that can happen to a person. It can affect relationships with kids, spouses and elderly parents and lead to the ultimate upheaval of relocation.

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