June 6, 2011

"Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" The longer folks are out of a job, the longer it takes them to find a new one.

Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression - CBS News

About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - a higher percentage than during the Great Depression.

Summer job bummer: Teen unemployment 24 percent -- CBS News
The latest figures show California's unemployment rate among teenagers is more than 34 percent, which is nearly triple the state's overall unemployment rate of 11.9 percent. In cities such as Irvine, California, job fairs have been canceled because few companies have agreed to participate.

Nearly 14 million Americans are looking for work - CBS News
The economic recovery seems to be losing momentum. In May, private companies hired 83,000 new people. But local and state governments cut 28,000 jobs - that's the biggest drop since last November. When all the other sectors are added in, there's a net gain of just 54,000 jobs.
For the United States to gain more jobs it is only necessary to fire one more person, the current president of the United States.

Posted by Vanderleun at June 6, 2011 5:27 PM
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The government is to blame for all this. They have been giving out subsistence checks in order to keep people out of work for filthy political gain.

As for teen unemployment, it has always been higher than the rest of the work force. Why would anyone hire a teenager when the government bureaucracy is designed to basically keep them from actually doing any work? Don't believe me? You should try getting your sixteen year old a job and see what unbelievable bs paperwork has to be filled out. They can't work past 9 pm on weeknights, they can't work overtime, they can't run meat slicers or ovens, or a host of other useful tasks.

Couple that with the entitlement mentality that many kids have....watch MTV for any amount of time to see what spoiled brats we have in this country. If you want to improve the unemployment rate, start by eliminating the Department of Labor.

Posted by: Jewel at June 6, 2011 8:02 PM

Jewel: Teenage unemployment is a direct result of the increase in the minimum wage that Saint Ted Kennedy pushed through in 2007 which mandated 70 cent increases in 2007,2008, and 2009. The minimum wage went up in direct proportion to way that the economy went down. The result was a text book demonstration from Econ 101. Teenage unemployment is at depression levels.

Posted by: Fat Man at June 6, 2011 9:12 PM

Where do you propose people start to find jobs if almost everything is made in China?

In order to have jobs, there must be production. What are we producing?

I have been a nurse for many years. The last few years I have been using syringes that weren't worth a crap and complained to managers about the quality of the products, and slap me silly, the pieces of sh*t were made in China. China! Same for surgical instruments. Used to be made in the USA or Germany. Then they started importing them from Pakistan. Now from China. Our medical supplies including IV pumps and many creams and some antibiotic creams and equipment is made in China. Talk about a rude awakening.

We are producing nothing. And when you produce nothing how are you going to employ people to produce something?

As far as for hiring teenagers? Good grief, I have seen what happened d to business in Galveston and Key West who relied on teenage labor. Their business failed in less than 7 months. You get what you pay for.

In fairness to the few teenagers who do have a work ethic, they are not the norm.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at June 7, 2011 2:55 AM

Anyone But Obama 2012

Posted by: RedCarolina at June 7, 2011 6:23 PM