Sarah Mitchell and Angela Kennedy are two women with different backgrounds joined together by one thing. Both women are unemployed.
" Its been hard trying to find someone to work with me because I do have 2 small kids. I have a 5 year old and a 4 month old. Its kind of difficult," said Mitchell, with years of experience as a heavy mobile equipment.
Mitchell lost her job in March of 2013. Angela Kennedy, as employed, has been without a job for the last 5 months. She's a recent graduate with a degree in criminal justice.
"I do feel a bit shut out," said Kennedy when asked how she felt about available job opportunities.
"The jobs that we lost are not the same jobs that we are adding back in," said Dr. Sara Helms, Assistant Professor of Economics at Samford University.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that many of the jobs lost during the great recession, which took place between 2007 and 2009, were in manufacturing.
Mitchell and Kennedy understand the job market is changing. Employers are looking for more experience and additional credentials. The trend means valuable workers are being shutout of the workforce often for months at a time.
"I try to keep positive..always work hard. Put in as many applications as I can for things that I would be able to do and just stay positive," said Kennedy.
For these two women and the millions of unemployed like them, their future is filled with difficult decisions, reliance on spouses and family members for support, even assistance from the government.
All they can do it continue to find work and pray an opportunity presents itself soon.
" I want a job to support my family. That's really all I want."