Looking for work after losing job: 'I didn't see it coming'

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Ron Glover

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The news hit on a Wednesday morning last June.

"I didn't see it coming," said Ron Glover.
Glover was out of the job as the general manager of Gateway Mall.

"I was absolutely stunned," he said. "I'm not even sure I slept Wednesday night. It's cloudy to me. It was very difficult. It was a shocking time."

He has been looking for work ever since. Glover said he spends a minimum of 8 hours a day looking for work.

"A minimum of eight," he said, "but a lot of times, that's not enough for me."

Glover searches the Internet, takes classes at the employment center, networks - and clears his mind playing Ping-Pong in his rec room. Glover was an alternate on the 1980 Olympic table tennis team.

"It's my training," he said. "It's my fun."

Glover's daily reality is a common one. Ten percent of all Oregonians are looking for work, a double digit number that the Employment Department said continues to shrink.

Many companies are hiring again. Professional and business services added 2,000 jobs in March, the fastest growth of oregon's major industries.

Good news for many, but not good enough for Glover. He is still out of work, eager to get back in the game.

"I'm looking forward to the night before when I have a place to go and be part of again," he said.