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The unemployed: attorney can't find work

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Posted: Oct 6, 2012 2:15 AM by Trey Schmaltz, Rosa Flores
Updated: Oct 6, 2012 2:15 AM

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WATSON- Ask the people who are out of work, and they'll tell you that a drop in the national unemployment numbers doesn't mean a thing. They're still looking, trying to find the job that will change their numbers- the ones in the bank account.

Davonna Ponthieu, is one of those people. She and her two kids live in Livingston Parish. Her husband died a little while ago. Then, she lost her job- an economic downturn meant her place of business couldn't afford her.

"I never thought I'd lose my job," said Ponthieu, an attorney.

She was a public defender.

"Crime is up... But with the cutbacks and everything; they had to cutback. And, I wasn't the only attorney to be let go."

So, instead of defending those arrested, her new full time job has her searching- searching for a new full time job; one that pays.

But, it's not easy. She has her kids, and a demanding schedule would mean she wouldn't see them.

"I don't want a job with a big firm...and not be home with my kids."

Friday, unemployment in the United States dropped to 7.8, the lowest since January 2009. In Louisiana, it's 7.3.

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