This epilogue extends the story into 2009, with its skyrocketing unemployment rates and global financial crisis. It offers updates on the professional and personal statuses of the job seekers who populate the preceding chapters, exploring whether or how their beliefs have changed in the half decade since they were first interviewed, a full eight years after most of them first lost their jobs, and at a time when the market has failed, rather spectacularly, to correct itself as many of them had predicted. It asks their advice for a new cohort of unemployed workers (a group to which some of them once again belong), and invites their predictions as to what the future holds, for them, for their countrymen and -women, and for the economy that they had so vigorously believed would reward their allegiance.
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