For most parents, having the day off on their child's birthday is a wish come true. For Indianapolis mother Brandy Holden-Anderson, this Labor Day was a tough reminder that she is not like most parents.
"They're off today. They get paid for today and get to enjoy today. And I don't even have a job," she said as she sat on a picnic table at Garfield Park, Monday evening. It was her 6-year-old daughter's birthday. Holden-Anderson said the park was the only place she could afford to have a party since losing her medical billing job in June.
"I'm so far behind on my bills and stuff," said Holden-Anderson. "I'm just afraid I'm gonna lose my house. [It] makes you feel down. Makes you feel like you're failing as a parent."
Holden-Anderson is one of thousands of jobless Hoosiers who did not celebrate Labor Day the same way most people do.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD), August's jobless rate in Indiana was at 8.5 percent, up from 8.3 percent in June. Numbers for August come out on September 16.
Holden-Anderson told Fox 59, she has applied for countless jobs. She bypasses the internet and personally hands over her resume to potential employers, but even that effort has not gotten her anywhere.
Even worse, her field showed significant decline in July.
The IDWD reports trade, transportation and utilities, construction and private education and healthcare sectors lost employment. Only the manufacturing sector showed gains in July.
"In terms of jobs, the bright spot for the month was an increase in manufacturing, but we saw a tightening across other sectors," said Mark W. Everson, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development.
Next week, Holden-Anderson’s son turns 7-years-old, and she will have to throw another birthday party. With that comes more planning, more to think about, more weight on her already burdened shoulders.