Alice Isidro's unemployment checks were nearly exhausted. As was her self-confidence.
In April, when the 59-year-old Tampa resident lost her job as a data entry operator, she transformed from a diligent employee into a statistic: one of the 8.3 percent of Floridians 55 and older who are seeking a job.
I was depressed and didn't know where to turn. I didn't have a lot of savings and was competing against younger people with more up-to-date skills and better résumés," Isidro said. "There were some horrific moments."