As business slows, man hangs onto hope of finding work

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Lewis Wommer’s thoughts these days are on finding a job.

“It’s driving me nuts being out of work this long,” said the 33-year-old husband and father, who was laid off in February from a job in a rock quarry in Clinton County.

“I thought everything was going good. I knew business was slowing down a little bit. I’ve been putting in applications anywhere I can think of, just to get something. However, no one has been calling me back,” said Wommer, a Unityville native and resident of the Jersey Shore area since elementary school.

“I was the new guy at the quarry, so I knew that if it came down to it, I would be the first one to get the ax. So I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know when,” Wommer said. “I’m kind of a jack-of-all-trades. I will try just about anything. I’d like a job that keeps me on the move.”

However, in addition to dealing with unemployment, Wommer is doing all he can to recover from “a bum knee” that just gave way one day.

“The doctor said I have a bruised kneecap bone,” he said.

“With my health up in the air, I’ve never been in this kind of situation before. This is the first time I’ve been out of work since I was 14,” Wommer said.

However, he remains upbeat.

“I’m always optimistic. When things seem their worse, that’s when things will work themselves out. I don’t stay down for long,” he said.

“I’m just looking for anything that will bring money in, especially with another kid on the way. Something has to come up. It’s got to. That (hope) is all you got to hang onto,” he said.