I Have Not Changed Direction

     Just so ALL are aware I have NOT changed course. We have 90 million people “Out of the Work Force” yes 90 million. Now some say help everyone, and some say help Americans First. My personal opinions are not relevant. What is; I dedicated myself to help the unemployed and underemployed and when there is 90 million people Out of Work I see a huge problem.
People may think I am mean or heartless. I am not, my own Grandfather legally immigrated here. I see reality though and the reality is this for decades we have helped everyone but our own. I cannot change this, only the voters can. I made a decision this week to try and help change this.
Yes I feel bad for the children, but I also ask what about our children? We have crime, we have murder, we have sex abuse, we have homeless children, starving children and suffering children. What about them? Who will help us? What happens when America does collapse? Because they dont seem to be fixing it anytime soon. So what happens?
      I fight for Americans and Legal Immigrants- I do not have time to fight for everyone. You are free to Stand Up for what you feel is right and I will Stand Up for what i feel is right. So If you can handle me going to anti-illegal rallies, which yes I will continue because I think it is beyond cruel that we have NOT notified the World that we are no longer stable. We are cruel to NOT say hey the “American Dream” no longer exists and we are cruel to not stop it, because their future is our future and I myself cannot live with the guilt of being ten years from now and 110 million people are Out of Work and I didn’t try to stop it.
FYI I spoke to counter protestors, they did not know 90 million were Out of Work, they were SHOCKED to hear this and YES it terrified them to think of what about in ten years. Then they responded with we need actual immigration reform and the U.S. needs to notify the people coming that there is NO JOBS. So YES I will continue to attend Rallies and educate the counter protestors because it could actually change things.
      So if you can handle that I will DO everything and anything within the Law to ensure the Unemployed are heard, have a Voice and that solutions are fought for then stay, but please don’t attack before you go, i am only a woman, I do have feelings and I can only make decisions based on what I think is right.
      I WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR JOBS! I know someday if we stand up then change can happen, but if we continue to just say we have NO control then change will never come and all the children coming to America for safety and a future will have NO future either.
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The 99er Problems and A Job Isnt One of Them

After being unemployed for the last 4 years, I will soon be facing homelessness. Lucky for me, I still have a roof over my head for the time being because God gave me landlords that have looked beyond the profits that come with owning a tenement building, and display the compassion that many landlords do not have; however, I have no idea how long they will continue to stand by me…you see, I have been unable to pay rent for the last 2 years.
There are many others like me who have lost multiple jobs over the years, either by company closings, or relocations; we have become part of the 99ers that have exhausted all unemployment extensions, yet still have not been hired, after sending out hundreds of resumes to prospective employers.
Recently it’s been stated by our local government, that the jobless rate in the state of Massachusetts has decreased. I suppose if you have a degree or experience in the medical or computer field, people are finding jobs. (Although I know someone who actually took a course in Medical Terminology, and was told during an interview that they prefer someone with 2 years of experience!) But for those who don’t, we continue to wonder aimlessly hoping that one big break will come.
In the meantime, it’s been quite a journey…And in the past 4 years…yes, it’s been that long…I’ve learned several things:
1. Age discrimination is still alive and well in this country, especially in Massachusetts. When we have all the qualifications for a position, but still get a rejection letter without even an interview, they’ve pretty much figured out how old we are. What they don’t understand is that the older generations are “workers”…really hard workers! We don’t text on the job, we don’t visit facebook and other websites while working, and we’ve matured enough in our roles to know what teamwork, dedication, punctuality, and customer service is all about. But, what would they know about that?? Half of the interviewers are just barely out of college.
2. The amount of experience we have hurts our chances of getting the simplest of jobs. They just simply assume that we wouldn’t work for minimum wage, even though we make it clear in our cover letters that we would.
3. There are too many of us applying for the same position. With hundreds of resumes coming thru their door, or should I say “website”, we would be naïve to think that they are going to look at all of them. Therefore, the chances that they will pull ours up, after reading the first 50, are pretty slim.
4. They no longer want us to go to the business place and fill out an application. Instead of appreciating the fact that we took the time to visit with them, we are now directed to go back home and apply on-line. Managers simply no longer want to take an hour out of their day to speak with us. Therefore our chances of them ever seeing our resume is very unlikely.
5. Companies no longer are willing to train a new employee… it simply no longer exists. There are so many people still out of work that it is most probable that they will find someone who has had experience in the area they need, and they will require very little instructions or training.
6. Additionally the requirements that they are now looking for, seems quite over the top. At a recent job interview (2 in fact) at local Coffee shop I was told that they weren’t sure I could handle the drive up window, and because I never had experience in handling food, they needed to hire someone who had. Well, I’ve made plenty of coffee at home, have bagged many doughnuts while shopping at a local supermarket, and have put together many a sandwich; however, that wasn’t enough. Yet, their ads for job openings state that we have to be 16 to apply…Tell me, how many 16 year olds have had food experience? Sounds like age discrimination to me?

I recently pulled up another job opening for Housekeeping attendants at a local Country Club. I should be qualified for that, don’t you think? I clean house…actually I am quite the neat freak. Then I saw that it stated “Experienced housekeeping attendants needed”, and realized that my resume with years of office experience wasn’t going to impress them since I have never done any professional cleaning.
I’ve actually seen an opening for someone to wash public toilets, and desperate as I was, I read on, only to read that it required someone with experience.

Now a days, any type of Office work requires you to know their own particular programming system, they don’t want to train you anymore, and many years of office work doesn’t help if you’re not familiar with it.

But the search goes on…..
I am awed every day that to search for a job, we are required to have a computer; jobs are no longer posted in the local newspapers, except on Sundays. So we either look only once a week for an available position, or we devote each day to search on line. The latter is like having a full time job, except we don’t get paid for it. We get up early, pour a cup of coffee, and begin…one website after another, there are hundreds. When we find a job that we’d qualify for, we begin the tweaking of our resume. We have been instructed by the local Career Center to downplay our experience if we are applying for a lesser position than what we are used to. Apparently this is to eliminate an employer in saying, “This applicant won’t work for minimum wage”. But, how do you downplay 30 years of experience, when we were employed for 20 years in one company? I would think the potential employer would question why we were never promoted if we kept our entry level experience in tack, and got rid of our upper level history. Once the resume is tweaked, we go on to our cover letter, a letter that is only a bit short of begging for the position. Finally, we hit the “apply” button, only to find out that we have to do several things….take a 30-40 minute test showing our competency, fill out another profile outlining our job experiences (apparently our resume is not enough), or authorizing a credit check. A credit check, mind you! (If we had a job, our credit wouldn’t be a problem.) But the most shocking of all is to read that the company posted the job only so they could have a file of applicants looking for work, when and if a position comes up. Advertizing the job does not mean there is an opening. Equally appalling is to discover that the job we are applying for, was already filled, and the company never informed the website to pull it off.
This whole procedure, if you are serious in acquiring a job, can take an hour or more for each position you apply for on-line. And if all that doesn’t get you discouraged, never receiving a company response certainly will. We may be lucky to receive a returned e-mail, but they are only computerized form letters stating that ‘they have received your application and they will consider your desire for the position’; however, apologies are also given, explaining that with all the many applicants, it’s impossible for them to personally reply to all, if the position is given to someone else. But, hey, we are always comforted by their courtesy statement: “Good luck in your job search”. Keep in mind, if we are applying thru a job search site, and not direct to the employer, the only response we get is from the search site….not the company.
Equally discouraging are those companies who go thru our local Career Center to advertise a position. (This is done so the agency can screen the applicants, and weed out the bad ones). So in searching on the Career Center website, and finding a position that is well suited for us, we learn that the company is confidential and we are left with no contact or e-mail address for which to send our resume. To get that information we have to actually go to the center and sit with an agent there. Get the picture….We get up in the morning, and shove some everyday clothes on, get our coffee and muster up the hope and energy needed for the daily job search on-line, and then suddenly discover that there is a job on the Career Center website that is perfectly suited for us. We then have to rush to tweak our resume to fit that job, write that cover letter, get properly showered and dressed, and run down to their office. We then sign up and wait for the first available rep…which could be anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the day of the week. If we discover that job on a Monday…it’s not worth going…the room is packed with those signing up for unemployment. The fact that we only want information about a company doesn’t make a difference. What do the reps do? They look over our resume and tell us what to keep in or leave out…if our resume doesn’t look professional, they tell us how to change it; they might even tell us that we don’t have enough credentials to apply for that position. While all this sounds good and helpful…we actually have to do this every time you discover a confidential posting on their website. So if we see 2 or 3 in a week, different days…we still have to go down. By the 3 ,4, or 5th visit, I would hope the applicant knows how to tweak a resume, or edit it to look professional…therefore, the gas we use to travel there, and the time it is taking away from our on-line search at home, doesn’t help any job seeker. I have a suggestion – after our 3rd or 4th visit to the center and having our resume critiqued, wouldn’t it make much more sense to be assigned a rep in their agency, where we can e-mail her the resume? By then the rep should be already familiar with us, our appearance, our personality and with our resumes, thus taking only a few minutes out of their day to look it over before she gets back to us with whatever changes she thinks we should make, or giving us her final approval.
Once in awhile we’ll get lucky and get called for an interview. In comparison to “back in the day”, this is another learning curve. We should actually know how to give an interview. It’s not enough for them to meet us or get familiar with our personality, we now have to answer ridiculous questions that have nothing to do with the job. Certainly I can understand in high profile jobs, or high salary positions, but to be an office clerk?????
After several interviews you might be lucky to be called to, and after several final rejections, we begin to wonder what we did wrong. Were we too friendly? Were we too quiet? Were we too honest with our answers? Or were we too vague? Were we too confident, or not enough? Did we not wear the right outfit? Or did our wrinkles on our faces give away our age? The companies are certainly not going to tell us, or if a reason is stated, it often goes like this “Thank you for applying for this position, but we have filled it with someone more suitable for the job.” (If you’ve done that kind of work for 30 years, I find it humorous that someone could be more qualified.) So, we are often left in the dark wondering, what the real truth is.
Keep in mind that some companies don’t even get back to us after the job was given to someone else. I was left in complete darkness after applying for a position for a Cafeteria Monitor at a local Grammar School…I was actually interviewed by the school principal. After 1 week of not hearing anything, I dropped her an e-mail, only to find out that the position had been filled. Funny how businesses expect us to be professional, yet they don’t reciprocate with the same courtesy.
And what about those temp agencies??? “Back in my day”, if they had a temporary position, they sent us there for as long as the job lasted…if we were lucky, if they liked us, we got hired by the company. If the company didn’t like our work, they called the agency for a replacement. That’s it! It was a way for them to really get to know us. Now we go thru an interview like any other job, and as usual we are up against a lot of younger applicants. Therefore, it seems we can no longer use a temp agency as a means for employers to see our work. Additionally, it is very apparent that most local companies don’t use local temp agencies, with the exception of day to day jobs in manufacturing plants. However, for any temp office work in our local town, as well the surrounding ones, we are sent out of the area just to sign up in their office. I would’ve thought that local businesses would support local agencies, but hardly is that the case.
So what has been my big lesson throughout this journey….I’ve learned that you can’t always blame your fellow politicians for lack of work. They seriously need to look at those who run the businesses and do the hiring as well…they need to ask them how much are they willing to extend a helping hand to give someone a job. They need to expect from them, the same thing they expect from us…professional courtesy. They need to stop age discrimination and they need to stop the media from pushing their on-line job searches…and allow people to get out each day and approach businesses for applications. The length of time we sit at our computers is certainly not physically healthy.
And they need to stop allowing CEO’s of many companies to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the multiple homes, and recreational toys they have, while their company staff is stretched to the limit, because they won’t hire more people. Most say…they earned their way, they worked for it, and they have a right to spend their money as they wish…but those statements often come from people who run their own businesses or are financially okay. (Furthermore, what makes some people think that those who are poor or in the lower middle class, haven’t worked all their lives?…or tried just as hard to prosper as they did?)
How am I surviving? My son who is mentally disabled is now the one who is supporting me… With his small disability check, and my part time job that pays me 50.00 a week. Neither one of these pay checks will continue to put a roof over my head and pay the heating costs, keep a car running to go on interviews, pay the telephone and electricity bills that is required to keep an internet going to search for jobs, buy stationary, stamps and envelopes to send resumes out, and ink for our printers, laundry detergent to wash our clothes…all of these things that is required to even acquire a job today.
After all this, we still continue to hear numerous attacks on the unemployed, that the general population is only looking for handouts, for the government to support us. Do they know what it’s like to get up every morning with no place to go, having to start a new day sending out resumes that we know we won’t get a response to. I have finally reached the lowest place in my life, I no longer know how it feels to be positive and have hope…some days I just don’t want to get up in the morning. There seems to be no reason to.

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I am done begging for your attention Mr President

                                    Dear President Obama,

 

                                           For 6 years America has had a jobs crisis.  This crisis started before you became President and in those 6 years more than 20 million Americans have lost everything, gone homeless and in some cases committed suicide.  I have advocated, networked and educated over the last 5 years for the 99ers the group the government likes to pretend don’t exist.  This group is large and needed a voice.  I have reached out to every organized group out there, every politician out there only for the concern that is the reality of this group to fall on deaf ears.  I am formally informing you that I am done asking democrats and liberals to care about the “out of workforce”.  I am done begging for you and your party to do the right thing.  I get it you’re not interested in those millions. It’s not on your agenda and hasn’t been.  I am done watching democrats every year beg for more unemployment benefits while ignoring those that already  exhausted their unemployment benefits and can’t get hired at McDonalds to flip hamburgers.  It’s been made perfectly clear you are not concerned for those American’s.  It’s been made clear that your party is not looking to get those people off the streets or help them find employment.  I am done being insulted and told its all my fault I can’t find a job.  I am sick of being told. I must pick a box that the democrats are concerned about and fight for that and wait….i am done paying attention to the “We care” party.  I have watched you tell me that the republicans are to blame look at them…So I did.  I went and looked closely now there are some things that republicans say I don’t agree with.  However, the one thing they can say that democrats can’t say is that acknowledge the huge numbers of “out of workforce”,  the lack of opportunity, the need for jobs and the amount of people needing welfare in America are at record numbers.  I followed the rabbit hole and your right.  Look to the republicans for my solutions.  Apparently after 4 years of begging. I was asking the wrong side.  The party of “we care” wasn’t interested in anything other than guns, gays and immigration reform.  So I guess its time to give the republicans a try.  To see if they will speak up for those of us who don’t have a lobbyist.  What do I have to lose?  Certainly not your attention. 

 

                             Signed…..I am sick of being ignored and tossed aside.

 

 

 

 

13 extensions of Unemployment and not one jobs bill for 99ers.

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PROPAGANDA vs. REALITY

PROPAGANDA vs. REALITY

PROPAGAND:
With the elections looming in the near future the government propaganda machine and the “Lame Stream Media” have shifted into overdrive with the release of the latest U3 unemployment numbers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics touts the unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1% the lowest since September 2008 when this country began its economic free fall. They claim there are 9.5 million people unemployed in the country today. If this were only the truth.

SANITIZED PROPAGANDA:
The opponents of the present governments’ administration (mostly Republicans) come up with their own numbers to contain the debate and exclude the truth from participation. Fox News (the false prophet of the Republicans) ran a story on the unemployment rate using U6 numbers. Those numbers don’t show as rosy a picture as the present administration. The unemployment rate is still stuck in double digit territory at 12.1% with more than 18.7 million people looking for fulltime work. But the sad thing is this is not the full truth.

REALITY:
What are the real numbers that that all politicians (Republican & Democrat) and the “Lame Stream Media” refuse to admit to? If one were to look at the unemployed who want a job but have become “discouraged” or who have “dropped out of the labor force” or who have “not looked recently” because there are no jobs out there, then the unemployment rate would be at 23.1% with some 35.9 million looking for fulltime work. The rosy unemployment rate of 6.1% is a clever creation of blue smoke, mirrors and the disingenuous Bureau of Labor Statistic definitions where over 25 million Americans who desperately want to work are defined into non-existence.

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Main Street VS. Unions

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 So as the battle for passing EUI continues an interesting event has happened. The Union groups are supporting a brand New bill introduced 6 months after the Emergency Compensation has expired and main street unemployed are pushing  a bill that was introduced  a few months ago that includes retro.  Are they the same bill since they both extend unemployment?  Well in the sense it extends the tier system from dead to alive again yes.  But there are some differences.  One big difference between the bills are that  the “New” EUI bill extends  UI for 5 months  so that the unemployed can “pick up” where they left off(so long as their states UI rate hasn’t fallen in the last 6 months), it also adds unemployment extension benefits under the Railroad unemployment Act for 12 months.  There is no retro in this “New” bill so some will receive the extensions and some will not since tiers are based on the UI rate and the Railroad Act is not effected on the unemployment Rate.   There is NO RETRO in this bill as written so far. 

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   Main street unemployed are pushing for HR4415 which asks for retro payments for 6 month extension as well as (Sec. 5) Amends the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act to extend through 6 months, the temporary increase in extended unemployment benefits. 

https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3979?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR3979%22%5D%7D

 

     So one has to wonder who will win this battle.  Will it be the Unions who have money to pay lobbyists in Washington or Main Street Unemployed who are broke and don’t have a high paid voice in DC.  Today the Senate approved HR803 which is a skills bill that Speaker of the house wanted to pass to attach to the unemployed Extension bill that was sent to him from Senate.  Now that the bill needs dates changed the Senate decides to change more than just dates to their newest proposal.  So let’s sit back and watch WHEN MAIN STREET battles UNIONS and how it ends.  Will Washington know it’s being watched for how they represent regular citizens without a lobbyist or will the lobbyist win again? 

   After a bill like HR803 got pushed by these unemployed and got passed with only 3 Senators voting NO.  This bill has been attempted to be passed for 11 years, with the support of ALL the unemployed to only end up being left behind with something less than they bargained for, while looking for jobs and fighting to move this country in a forward motion for JOBS.  I truly hope that Washington DC understands that it’s time to listen to “We The People” Our special interest democracy is demanded by the people.   Don’t send them the message that money buys your vote and takes your word away. 

    Update for the 99ers out there.  HR803 when passed in the house will allow you to participate there are some paid training programs so look for it in your area coming soon.  Next up is S2260 which includes a hiring incentive for hiring the long term unemployed and yes that includes the 99ers as well.  That bill is out of committee in the Senate and is expected to be voted on when Senator Reid decides to allow it to the floor. 

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America Is Failing in its Universal Mission

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The United States of America is facing a severe overpopulation issue due to a massive influx of individuals from other countries seeking opportunity and freedom in our great country. With the rising number of people who need jobs and want to work, work opportunities are becoming more and more rare, and I see America failing in it’s universal mission of world liberty and the national prosperity of our working class backbone. We the people of the United States of America, have the responsibility rested on our shoulders of providing the world with freedom and opportunity, and this simply cannot be achieved without a comprehensive immigration system that functions in support of both hard working Americans, and liberty seeking foreign nationals.

I propose a limited duration solution to this growing border crisis, by enforcing strict documentary regulations of the past that can be applied right now and in the future. America cannot survive the current immigration situation without us first stabilizing our employment market and national economy, in order to support and protect the well being of our foreign, liberty loving neighbors.

Our borders need to be temporarily shut down to allow our nation and our government to account for and stabilize the millions of foreigners already in the United States living in poverty. These people need help, and these people are entitled to the same inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as every natural born American. We, America, cannot achieve these noble goals without first pacifying the poverty stricken masses right here – the homeless Americans, the unemployed Americans, the struggling Americans living week to week or month to month, always waking and wondering whether or not their children will be able to eat that day.

If we as Americans, cannot even take care of our own citizens, what will happen to the rest of the freedom seeking patriots that dream of American liberty when they arrive in our country only to find poverty, sickness and death? We the people need to rise up, and address these issues that strain our economy, that drain our pockets, that starve our children, and fix this broken immigration system, so that America will once again achieve the greatness dictated by our Declaration of Independence, not just for Americans, but for every human being that loves freedom and liberty, and who just wants their chance at the American Dream.

* Anonymous


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Unemployed Crisis

The Hidden Crisis of Unemployment

     The United States is reliant on tax payers and business in order for it to function and provide for the needs of the country.  Through taxes military, security and poor is helped.  This study will look into if the governments during the recession of 2009 if the government handled the unemployment crisis or should they have done more.  The study will show that clearly they have not done nearly enough to prevent, correct or avoid jobs loss since 2007.  The government should have taken this as a severe crisis that needed immediate corrections. In 2007 the United States began what is noted as a recession.  The recession caused the economy to be effected in many ways.  The banking system needing bailing out, the budgets for states and local government to take cuts as well as the federal government to address the best way to cushion the pain and prevent a depression.  The United States has not seen a depression since the 20’s during the Great Depression.  During that time the Federal Government created WPA programs to allow people to find work to support their families while building infrastructure in America. This allowed for demand and money to flow into the economy as well as people to support their families during a time where bread lines was something a family looked forward to daily in order to feed their family that day.  In 2008 with American workers losing their jobs at a fast pace the government extended Unemployment benefits by adding emergency Tiers onto the already standard 26 week program in order to maintain families and keep the economy from crashing further.  This was the first time in the history of America and since Unemployment Compensation was created, tiers 1-4 were created for a total of 99 weeks.

     The crisis of job losses started in 2008; it peaked in 2009 and has slowly improved according to BLS reports.  However, look closer into those numbers there is some debate as to if the numbers have improved due to people locating jobs and opportunities or just left the workforce.  The BLS Website In 2008 the Unemployment rate started off in January at 5.0% and by the end of the year rose to 7.3% with a continuing loss trend through 2009.  January 2009 the Unemployment rate started at 7.9% and ended the year at 9.9%.  The following year the unemployment rate remained in the 9% range both reaching highs and lows in that percentage range.  It took until 2012 for the unemployment rate to move out of the 9% range into the 8% range and excluding September through December rates which was 7.8% for September, October and November and 7.9% for December ending the year.  In 2013 the Unemployment rate dipped again into the 7% range and remained there until December where it dipped to 6.7%. In 2014 the rate is still slowly dropping but still remains in the high 6% range which is still higher than pre-recession years. In total America has lost the most jobs in one quarter in 2009 than in the history of records being kept by the Department of Labor.  The best information explaining this was found on the department of Labor site in an article post by the department itself. 

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     The U.S. economy lost 4.7 million nonfarm jobs in 2009. (See chart 2.) In absolute terms, no other calendar year in the history of the CES survey has seen as many jobs lost. In relative terms, 3.5 percent of payroll jobs were lost over the year, the greatest rate of decline since 1945, when nonfarm businesses cut 6.6 percent of payroll jobs.

The largest monthly losses occurred at the beginning of the year, marking the start of a divergence from the job loss trend set by the previous two recessions. (See chart 3.) Employment declined by 753,000, on average, during each of the first 3 months of the year. Between April and June, however, average job losses slowed to 478,000 per month. The last 6 months of 2009 showed more signs of moderation in job losses. The third quarter saw an average decline of 2 60,000 jobs per month and was followed by an average monthly decline of 90,000 in the fourth quarter. Early in the year, the losses were widespread. The diffusion index over a 1-month span for total private employment reached 16.5 in March 2009, indicating that only about 16.5 percent of industries were adding payroll jobs, while about 83.5 percent were cutting jobs. The index had risen to 39.6 in December.

   

The reports also tells us that besides job losses workers hours were cut by 0.4 % to 33.8 hours for those who still had a job.  This trend has stayed active through to 2014 where more minimum wages, part time jobs have grown exponentially.  Before the recession the Unemployment benefit package was 26 weeks.  Giving 6 months to find a new position, under normal economic climates 6 months was more than enough time to replace the job loss for an individual.  While the country was bleeding out jobs at a rate of 800,000 jobs a month and the only thing workers was experiencing was job loss there was no job creation to be located people started to use their savings and retirement to pay their bills and stay afloat.  The unemployed discovered that they was in a job crisis that needed to be addressed so the push for emergency help began.  The government added tiers of emergency benefits.  To this date of 2014, there has been 13 extensions passed and the 14th is in debate in the house who is demanding job creation be added to this.  If job creation is added this will be the first time in the history of this jobs crisis that the federal government doesn’t just pass the band aid but also starts to help with a solution on how to grow jobs in The United States.  There has been very little focus on the need for job creation when it comes to Washington Leaders. 

     Part of the concern for many Americans is that although the UI rate is falling slowly there have been studies that show that in fact, the rate is not falling but Americans are leaving the workforce.  The Unemployment rate that the Department of Labor focuses on is also known as the U3 number.  In a report written by the foreign policy Journal, just one of the many that explains U1-U6 numbers it states:

     Now there are several different measures of unemployment calculated by the BLS ranging from U1 to U6 which parse different aspects of the unemployment situation. When you hear the unemployment rate mentioned, it is most likely referring to the U3 measure. This rate counts only unemployed workers who actively searched for a new job within the past 4 weeks. The other most used measure is the U6, which is not strictly a measure of unemployment because it groups the unemployed, along with the involuntarily part-time and the no-longer-looking. The U6 is the broadest measure of labor market agony we have. And this is what some call the more reflective measure of unemployment. It’s been around 15 percent for the past three years.

     There are active groups of unemployed known as the 99ers who argue continuously that they are not counted but still looking for employment. The way the government derives the unemployment figures is archaic and needs updating for the growth in population and to modern technology. The millions of people left out of the numbers do not give a clear indication of the people out of work due to no fault of their own. The picture that is hidden is causing more harm to economy than the federal government realizes or just willfully ignores, Rhonda Taylor Stated, who is a national Advocate for the 99ers. 

     The solutions to the Jobs crisis that has been brought up are few and far between over the last 6 years.  Some of those proposed are a WPA program like they did during the Great Depression.  The federal government and the parties don’t seem to agree on solutions at all the Democrats want to grow unions by offering more federal jobs and building infrastructure in America. 

     The republicans want to lower taxes on business that will take off the handcuffs for businesses to grow.  The problem with both parties is their ideas are small minded and not fail proof.  The government created a climate where they rewarded companies for outsourcing during a time where America had plenty of jobs here.  Companies discovered how much cheaper it was to do business overseas.  Where labor laws are not enforced and benefit packages are nonexistent.  The solutions for unemployed in the United States is first to recognize it’s a crisis.  The next is to agree what caused the crisis and how ignoring it has multiplied it much farther than it needed to go.  Job creation is an important feature that needs to be added to the agenda of Washington DC.  First we need to stop rewarding all companies that ship their jobs overseas, next we need to reward companies for jobs that are offered here in the United States to Americans.  We need to create a well-rounded jobs bill that includes not excludes people not collecting Unemployment compensation anymore since that pool that falls under the U6 number and the chart for out of the workforce is the largest pool of people who need to get back into the economy.  To offer bills that are limited to only vets, or unions or private sector will only magnify the hurt on those who don’t fall into the specific category of jobless.  We need small business to grow so by offering them aide to help them hire employees that they can’t afford to because people are not creating demand due to the economy lacking and no one having money to spend on items their selling has to be done.  Both parties need to realize the bills offered are not curing the solution for all unemployed but only the special agendas that the parties cater to.  No credits should be given without it being attached to a job created for an American Citizen. 

     There is a bill offered by Senator Thune in the Senate that had a few elements that would help like offering credits for hiring the longest of the long term unemployed as well as a moving loan so that the long term unemployed can afford to move to where the jobs are located.  There is also a bill offered by Senator Whitehouse that would tax the corporations who ship jobs overseas.  Both sides have ideas that are needed to cure the jobs crisis.  Combine the good ideas improve them so that they are not open ended and we will begin to build the people back up from the jobs crisis we are in now.  To ignore this means we will continue for more middle class people to fall into poverty and destine them to poverty for the rest of their lives.  Most of them have to start their retirement savings over at the age of 50.  The other issue that needs to be addressed is the discrimination of the unemployed not only by length of unemployment but as well as age.  Age discrimination seems to be something not many want to talk about but if you look at the average person who lost their jobs in 2008, 2009 and 2010, they was over the age of 40.  The withdrawal penalty that the unemployed are paying to withdraw their retirement should be waived if they are unemployed and not receiving an Unemployment Check as well. 

     There is not one best solution for a crisis that has lasted 6 years and affected millions of citizens.  It will take a combination of ideas so that all unemployed are given the opportunity to find work again.  There is many solutions above, the one that is best to start is by acknowledging the huge crisis of out of work unemployed and addressing how to get them all back to work.  How to get companies involved in growing this economy for everyone. 

     Convincing companies it’s about their profit margin just as much as the well-being of the country. You don’t have profits if you don’t have customers that can afford to purchase your product.  So the best solution is one where Washington DC stops cheering the recovery that when it comes to jobs doesn’t exist.  8 million jobs created since the recession began in Dec 2007 that is not enough to keep up with the new entrants into the workforce.  So the best solution is to address the problem.  Experts have argued over the solutions but the experts can’t seem to agree on the solutions to the problem.  The solutions seem to be more political than practical.  So the best resource I can find for solutions are the long term unemployed themselves who are living the crisis.  That group is otherwise known as the 99ers and they seem to not need a research team to tell them what will get them back to work, they know what they up against.  The Climate and Stigma to getting people back to work has not helped opportunities for the long term unemployed.  So Until Washington gets honest with the crisis the solutions are farther away than anyone realizes.  Unlike the Great Depression where Washington acknowledges the problem and immediately addressed it, the jobs crisis that started in Dec 2007 has been a vicious circle that is holding the United States economy and recovery back.

        So in summary the solution that must be met first and foremost is getting honest with the number of unemployed people we have in the United States of America.  The next solution is recognizing the causes and the effects of unemployment.  Coming up with a plan for the road to recovery will take more than a one answer solution. For starters let’s get honest about the crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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