How Can We Encourage Our Unemployed Loved Ones?

Sarah Hamaker Contributing Writer
Updated Apr 17, 2023

It’s hard for the out-of-work person and for his or her loved ones to stay positive, especially if the unemployment drags on and on. It’s also difficult to share the struggles and hardships and stress a family goes through during a time of unemployment.

Thankfully, most of our friends and family have been supportive of us, but collectively, we have a long way to go to be encouragers for those suffering unemployment. Recently, my husband started new full-time work in his field, but we haven’t forgotten how hard it was to live with unemployment.

Here are eight ways you can encourage your unemployed loved one, whether it’s a spouse, relative, friend, neighbor, or church member.

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sarah hamaker author bio picSarah Hamaker is a national speaker and award-winning author who loves writing romantic suspense books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s also a wife, mother of two teenagers and two college students, a therapeutic foster mom, and podcaster (The Romantic Side of Suspense podcast). She coaches writers, speakers and parents with an encouraging and commonsense approach. Visit her online at

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