South Jersey labor in 2022

She has decades of experience, more than 40 certifications and has completed several manual labor apprenticeships – yet she has been unemployed since the start of the pandemic.

Sunnie Corona, 35, is a single mother of three who has lived in a hotel in Somers Point since April 2020. She, like many in South Jersey, is “caught in (a) catch-22” when she searches a job.

“I’ve been working since I was 8 and a half, so I have a hell of a work ethic,” Corona said.

She tried to donate plasma for money but couldn’t because she lives in a hotel and not at a stable address. She tried to sell from her storage locker through Facebook, but no one bought anything. She tried selling homemade dog treats, but it didn’t take off either.

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