Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Bob Ryerson

Bob Ryerson

Bob Ryerson, 66, of Highlands Ranch, discovered that he couldn't afford retirement. The first time he retired from years of working in textbook sales and development, Ryerson couldn't get medical insurance because of a health problem. So he went to work as a bus driver for the Douglas County school district. He retired a second time and then realized in early 2009 that his retirement income wasn't enough to support his lifestyle. He also needed more income to help pay for his son's wedding. So he applied to the Census Bureau and was hired to do enumeration work for about five weeks. In July 2009, he was hired as a part-time partnership assistant to help with outreach in hard-to-count communities.

Before getting the partnership assistant job, Ryerson said he didn't think the Recovery Act would impact his life. Now he appreciates the Recovery Act and sees how it is helping communities.

"The money that I'm able to earn in this position goes back into the community three or four times -- and I like that," he said.

"I think that people would like to see the economy turn around overnight and that's not going to happen," he said. "I would like to tell people that there are jobs in the pipeline coming down, and to have some patience because it is working."


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