Just over a year has passed since the first pandemic-related layoffs struck Washington state, but thousands of those who lost their jobs last spring are still out of work, even as much of the job market recovers.

As The Seattle Times explores the issue, we’d like to hear from readers who are facing the challenges of long-term unemployment. Your insights and experiences will help inform future articles and shape our coverage.

What obstacles have kept you from finding work? Did your old job permanently disappear? Did you move to find work or train for a new job?

How has long-term unemployment affected your life? Were you able to receive unemployment benefits — if so, have they been enough to cover expenses while you look for work? Should government do more to help people who have been out of work for long periods?

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