Best year...all equal for as long as I can remember, 'cept for '82. Bad year for the economy, interest rates had hit 18%, had just bought a house at a severe depressed price, 1st bun was still in the oven and my department got eliminated so I was out of a job.
Unemployment was +11% at that time. Back then, they didn't have the severance packages they have today, got 2 weeks pay for remaining vacation due and a few apologies from up above.
Talk about facing a brick wall. It was a scary few days. I was lucky enough to get hired right away by some folks that knew me at a competitor and caught a 15% raise in the process.
I can tell you it was a long ride home that day. It was even longer waiting on the unemployment waiting to file an application.
Two weeks into the new job, the old company called back with an offer of new position in upstate New York. I told them to take a hike.