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Last April, Mary Beth Sammons lost her job as a vice president for an Internet company where she made about $110,000 working 50 hours a week.

Today, Sammons works more than 60 hours a week at two jobs — one at a preparatory high school and another for an online magazine — and is barely making $50,000.

“I laugh to my friends that I successfully learned how to slice my salary by more than half but I’m working more hours,” she said.