03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

New Poll Measures The Hardship Of Layoffs: 52% Were Surprised By Job Loss

When the pink slip comes, trouble follows -- financial, but emotional as well.

Three in 10 Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they or someone in their household has lost a job in the past year -- a new high. And the impacts can be devastating: Beyond financial hardship, large numbers report anger, stress and depression as a result.

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