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Closing in on landing a job

The Lake Wylie Pilot recently introduced readers to Paul and Susan Hackney of Tega Cay and Amy Burton of Lake Wylie, all unemployed and looking for work. The Pilot will continue to update their progress and struggles every week until they find employment. For their stories, search "news" online at

Paul Hackney had a big reason to be upbeat heading into the Easter weekend: He's being considered for a project manager position with a drywall company.

The 39-year-old Tega Cay resident -- jobless since October when he lost his project manager position with a Charlotte construction company -- found the job possibility through a previous business contact.

"It would be a lateral move," said Paul, whose wife, Susan, has been unemployed since May. "I think this relationship with the drywall company would be a good fit for the future."

Susan, meantime, is waiting to hear whether she'll be called back for another in-person interview for a sales position with a local materials distribution company that sells fencing. She already had one phone interview, as well as one face-to-face interview with the company.

The Lake Wylie Pilot has been following Paul and Susan's progress and struggles through unemployment along with Lake Wylie resident Amy Burton.

Amy and her family saw the benefits last week from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which she called a "tremendous help."

Amy's unemployment benefits went up an extra $25 a week, while her health insurance coverage dropped more than $500 a month.

Since losing her job in November in the drapery industry, Amy has continued to network and search for work. Besides unemployment, she's earning income working one day a week in her friend's drapery workroom.