Published: Monday, May 26 2014 4:00 a.m. MDT
Passing out lots of "free stuff" and promising to do it again, and
demonizing those who provide jobs will tend to achieve this result.
@Dn subscriber. Taking a job for the sake of "pride" even if it is %20
percent of what someone use to make isn't helping anybody or the economy.
I would never take an $10 a hour job after making what I made. I
would rather cut down on my expenses and stay at home with my kids. It does cost
money to get to work and if you only $10 an hour it is really like working for
$5 an hour.
Sounds like the 47% aren't hungry enough for a job. I see help wanted signs
@DN Subscriber and @Silent LurkerI'm glad you're able to
sit back and smugly declare that there are plenty of jobs out there, but people
are just lazy, or get free stuff, or... whatever.Taking a $8.00/hr
job after you've been working for years making $15, or $20, or more per
hour, just doesn't work. It doesn't pay the mortgage, medical bills,
student loans, or other obligations. I searched for months to find a
job that was even near what I previously made. With 20 years of experience, and
jobs skills that translated to many different jobs and employers, I got ONE
interview. ONE out of hundreds of applications I submitted- and that even
included some applications to fast food restaurants.It is
discouraging out there for many- especially when you can't even get an
A few words to those of you who would suggest that there are plenty of jobs out
there and those of us unemployed need to take whatever job we can: I am 49
years old, have 20+ years business experience managing staffs of up to 300. I
have applied to hundreds of jobs from management jobs to fast food and
everything in between. I have received a grand total of 0 interviews. I would
suggest unless you really understand the job market and what its like out there
you really should just keep quiet. This economy if horrible and has been
artificially propped up by the Federal Reserve printing press and other
government freebies. Unfortunately round two is coming and because of the
desperate actions and interference of the Federal Government it will make the
2008 recession look like a speed bump.
@Cincinnatus"Taking a $8.00/hr job after you've been
working for years making $15, or $20, or more per hour, just doesn't
work."It works better than making $0/hr. I would do anything I
had to do in order to support and take care of my own.And yes, there
are help wanted signs everywhere. I've been trying to hire someone for 18
months for a good, high-paying job and I haven't had a single qualified
applicant the whole time. And yet half of all unemployed Americans have given
up - they aren't willing to get retrained, reeducated, or take a job that
they perceive is "below them." Welcome to the new America.
A Ronald Reagan type leader could turn this economy around. Unfortunately our
current president & Congress is MIA with efforts to improve the economy.
They never found a way to work together to get things done. Both sides are to
@Brave Sir RobinI disagree. What good is it to make $7 or $8,
enough to put food on the table for a family, when you might not have a table
left to put food on? What happens when I lose my house, but rent is more than
my mortgage? Where do I go then? What do I do about my other bills?I'm not saying people should quit looking for work, but having been there
recently myself, I can understand how discouraging it can be to go months and
months and months without even an interview.And, unfortunately,
people like DN Subscriber would take all assistance away, with the callous
attitude that either people make it all on their own or die trying.I
have a friend who's been looking longer than I have and still can't
get hired. It's not that he quit. He just can't get hired. Anywhere.
Welcome to the new America.
Forcing people into taking horrific paying jobs is exactly what execs want.No wonder why we have a dying middle class when folks like DN would
rather label fellow Americans as "lazy" for wanting decent paying jobs.
Folks, it's time to stand together and say "enough is enough!"Time for the rich to trickle down their wealth! We've waited long
" Passing out lots of "free stuff" and promising to do it again, and
demonizing those who provide jobs will tend to achieve this result."What a bunch of partisan rhetorical gibberish. That free stuff ends.
There is no life line of free money unless you truly are on disability or
something else like that - which is another subject for another day. But who is
demonizing those who actually provide jobs.... no now I know from wither end of
the poetical spectrum. Those that are being demonized are those who send jobs
outside of the country.... yes... they do get demonized. But demonizing real
job creators..... hog wash.What I do question though is what are
these people doing that just quit. Are they people of means that they
don't need money any more. Are they part of a two income household that
is being reduced to a single income. I get this.... I am in that age group
where I am expensive... But I am not sure where this money tree is that
people are able to just drop out of the job market. They still have bills...
needs.... how are they satisfying these.
I think it comes down to a combination of things. I suspect the people who have
given up are part of a two income household, or living off student loans, are
back in with family helping them stay afloat, or simply not paying any bills and
waiting for the collection companies to come get their stuff. I
have to agree with the part where employers want the 30year olds with Masters
degrees and able to take 30k/year. The economics of that reality work in
today's America. The high unemployment rate affects all, educated or not,
because the more individuals vying for a job, the less incentive employers have
to improve the lives of their employees, and simply sit on record profit margins
while paying as low as possible, then stating they can't fill the roles
they need to because of a lack of skills. The "Skills Gap" really means
"willingness to pay vs. skills desired gap"... For the
record, I'm gainfully employed in a great job with a great company,
educated locally in both Computer Science and Accounting. However, I can still
see the writing on the wall.
@Brave Sir RobinYou claim you have tried to hire someone for 18
months, when I make statements on here, people ask me to qualify it. I'm
asking the same. Let's see if we can help you out, 18 months is a long time
for a well paying job to sit idle. Why not post the name of the company here,
with the type of job, and salary. If people are interested they can use a search
engine to find your companies contact information.I've seen
many low paying jobs attract dozens of applications, and help wanted signs
staying up for less than a day.
CincinnatusI am still confused... How in the world can you argue
that a $7 - $8 job is WORSE then making $0 per hour? Unless you are on
unemployment, then something is definitely better then nothing. Some food on the
table is better then no food. You mentioned a place to live... how can you keep
that place to live making $0 per hour? Why not take a lower income job for the
time being and continue looking for the job you really want?
The problem might be the disconnect between qualifications, location and
self-awareness. Readers might be interested in examining the entire poll's
questions and responses. There is a contradiction between the questions and
answers. I'm not sure how someone who has completely given up on looking
for a job also expects to find their dream job in the next six months. I noted
a full 7% of respondents did not complete high school and only 22% received any
type of college degree. The poll also posed a series of jobs and ask the
respondents if they'd be willing to accept those jobs. The list included
jobs that require education and skill such as medical professionals, graphic
designers, and programmers. 83% or higher of respondents were willing to accept
these jobs. But, without the education to support the applicant, how can one
reasonably expect to receive an interview, let alone a job offer. There were
also questions relating to whether the respondent would be willing to relocate.
Only 20% were willing to relocate to another city, 15% to another state. It
seems like many without education, skill or flexibility expect to be offered
their professional dream job without making changed on their end.
I hate to bring current day politics into this (since I'm sure none of you
are thinking this way), but doesn't this just scream the need for a change
in Washington D.C.? At the TOP?
I'm reading some really sad/troubling posts about people with lots of
experience not being able to find any work. It may not help with the big jobs,
like management and such, but from experience in hiring the 10 to 15 dollar
worker, it is many times the person who does more than just submit a
resume' that get the job. The person who calls, and e-mails, and keeps in
contact showing a real interest in getting the job is often the person who gets
hired. Especially when you are competing with many people who would be qualified
for the job. Just a little hopefully helpful suggestion for one of you
HOWEVER you can bet that Democrats are going to try to make the ridiculous and
false suggestion that since unemployment numbers are down (because the labor
participation rate is reduced) then the economy must be doing better. Yes as
completley false and stupid as this is I can 100% guarantee you that Democrats
will try to throw out more propoganda taking advantage of the misleading
unemployment numbers and sadly the majority of uninformed / uneducated Americans
will beleive it. America is in a death spiral while China is on the rise
economically and there is no end in sight.
Of all the seeming failures of the current administration, having discouraged
Americans might be the biggest one of all. How sad. We need another
"morning in America", instead of our current "mourning in
"The 47 percent "have completely given up" figure may be a little
bit misleading by itself, though. The actual poll found that "7 percent said
they 'agree completely,' (with the statement 'I've
completely given up on looking for a job.') 7 percent 'agree a
lot,' 15 percent 'agree somewhat,' and 18 percent 'agree a
little.'""There is the fine print, the article is
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