Web Project – and Local TV Coverage – Helps Portland Grandfather Find a Job

The Web project Over 50 and Out of Work has traveled across the country interviewing older unemployed workers for its video project, this month reaching its goal of 100 video stories.

One of those stories was about Rudy Limas, a single grandfather raising his two young grandchildren on his own. A 30-year veteran truck driver, he assumed he would land another job quickly. That was in 2009.

But when Over 50 and Out of Work interviewed Rudy in his home town of Portland, Oregon, the local news station, KATU, included him in its own story on unemployment. From that news coverage, four employers called with job offers. As this KATU video reports, he chose to train as a machine operator at Plastic Metals Technologies in nearby Tigard, Oregon. The owner said he hired Rudy for his experience and reliability, something he found missing in many younger new workers.

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