CHICAGO — It’s been a year since the stock market hit a record high.
But many residents in the city are still waiting for their jobs to return.
In the meantime, many businesses have closed, and many of the jobs that are here are not coming back.
The Chicago Office Supply Co. has laid off 1,400 people, leaving nearly 300 people who work at a number of the company’s locations without a job.
“The economy has gone crazy.
There’s so much uncertainty in the stock and the economy,” said Amy O’Neil, who owns O’Neills Office Supply.
O’Neil has worked at O’Neill’s Office Supply for 14 years.
Her job was a temporary one.
The company has been trying to make its way back since it closed its doors in March, but the company was already feeling the effects of the economic downturn.
Owen and her husband are trying to salvage what they can, but she says it is not enough.
She said they have had to make decisions like, will we keep the office supplies?
Or will we open up the store and sell everything to other stores?
“They’re trying to do everything they can to make things work, but they’re just not making any sense,” O’Neal said.
The O’Nees have been living in their car since June.
O’Donnell said she and her brother will be staying in the apartment they share with her father for a while.
“We’re trying, but we’re going to have to take some steps to get our lives back together,” she said.
A number of Chicago office supply stores are closed, including O’neills, which has been in the business for more than 40 years.
But O’Brien said her office supply store has been running smoothly.
“It’s just been a great success,” OBrien said.
She added that it has been a good time to shop at the store because they are always stocked with the latest office supplies.
In addition to O’Oneills supply store, there are several other businesses like O’Boys Office Supply and O’Gill, which is run by the O’Reilly family.
The family has opened several offices around the city.OBrien said the store is also working on closing another office supply shop.
But she said she has no plans to reopen the OO store at this time.
The city is experiencing a recession.
About 8 percent of the workforce is unemployed, according to the Department of Employment Services.
Many businesses are closing as they search for jobs.
OReilly said he will be opening a new office supply company in his home town of Chicago, and he said he has hired 20 new employees.
He said that he has already received some good business but he does not expect to see a lot of customers come in.
The family plans to keep the OReilly business open in the future.