Last year the American Library Association issued a joint press release with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announcing that FINRA were making available to public libraries a free resource containing important financial and unemployment-related information for individuals facing a job loss. FINRA's Investor Alert, "Job Dislocation: Making Smart Financial Choices After a Job Loss," offers guidance and tips for the general public on maintaining financial stability and avoiding financial fraud during a very difficult period. Read the release at www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressrelease2009/april2009/rusafinra.cfm.
Since the April 2009 announcement, public libraries around the country have distributed over 25,000 copies of the FINRA Investor Alert, which is available in English and Spanish. The unemployment statistics indicate that workers today are experiencing high levels of dislocation. The stress of unemployment could result in financial decisions that may worsen an already difficult situation for people. Please visit www.finra.org/JobLossAlert to download a copy of this valuable information.