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Video Shows Jobless Toll On CdA Man

Coeur d'Alene resident Shawn Schlager talked about the making of his documentay that detailed the hardships of being unemployed. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Michelle Schlager had been through a few tough years with her husband, Shaun. He lost his job as a graphic designer in 2009 and has struggled to find work. The financial burden strained their marriage and left Shaun awash in self-doubt. Still, it wasn’t until she interviewed him – as part of a project for his community college class – that she learned he’d spent some time contemplating the value of his life insurance policy. The financial value of his death. “I never knew he felt that way,” she said. It’s hard to count all the blows that joblessness has landed on Shaun Schlager, but they go way beyond the checkbook. “A lot of times,” he said, “it’s hard to even look at Michelle. Because I’m the man. I’m supposed to provide for the family.” Schlager, 35, has detailed his three-plus years of unemployment in a frank and forthright documentary he produced for his documentary video class at Spokane Falls Community College/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: How has long-term unemployment impacted your life or the life of someone in your family?