09/21/2012 11:00 am ET Updated Sep 21, 2012

Kimberly White, North Carolina Job Seeker, Bikes 26 Miles To Drop Off Resume

With the U.S. economy still in the throes of a sluggish recovery, it's a tough to find work.

Kimberly White, however, was so determined to find a job, she pedaled her daughter's bright pink bike 26 miles to and from a neighboring town's JobLink Career Center to place an application, the Gaston Gazette reports.

Only 96,000 jobs were added in August, a disappointing number even though unemployment rate declined slightly, slipping to 8.1 percent, the Associated Press reports. The small drop in unemployment was little comfort, however, for the millions of Americans still looking for work.

White, 39, is more than just a statistic, however. The North Carolina mother lost her job as an administrative assistant more than a year ago. At the beginning of September, her unemployment benefits ran out. With her Toyota out of commission, White had no choice but to make the three-hour roundtrip journey to the center. But she didn't seem to mind one bit.

“I do not feel that riding my bike was too much to ask,” White told the Gaston Gazette.

Visit the Gaston Gazette to learn more about Kimberly White's story.

Needless to say, White is not the only person struggling with unemployment.

About 5.4 million people in the United States have been jobless for more than six months, according to CNN. In a report unlikely to lift many spirits, the San Francisco Federal Reserve recently quantified just how hard it is to get a job after long-term unemployment. About 3 in 10 people are able to find work in the first few weeks after losing a job. However, after about a year of unemployment, the chances of landing a job fall to just 1 in 10 per month.

But the news isn't all bad: The Federal Reserve report also notes that the chances of finding a job after 18+ months of unemployment aren't much lower than the chances of finding a job after 6-18 months of unemployment.

White's 26-mile round-trip journey shows determination and dedication, but it's certainly not the craziest thing someone's done to get hired.

One creative job seeker, Alec Brownstein, bought ad space on Google and tailored the ads so his online resume would show up when ad execs Googled themselves.

Another man in Ireland spent his savings on a billboard, a gamble which paid off, according to Business Insider.

Photo courtesy of Mike Hensdill, The Gaston Gazette



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