Dropouts: Discouraged Americans leave labor force

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  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    April 8, 2013 1:09 a.m.

    To me this is really sad. My husband was out of work for almost 2 years after Obama became President. He is now working at a job that is very physically hard on him just to pay the bills. This is a man who has won awards across the Country for selling insurance years ago along with being a great Loan Officer. When the Mortgage Crisis happened and things started to go down hill no matter how hard he tried to close a loan he couldn't. Finally they closed the doors where he was working at and the rest is history. It breaks my heart to see people like him who are working at jobs where they are so underpaid. Here Obama is out spending our money and going on vacation's playing golf and things like this when others are suffering. I really wished that people would see just how wrong they are for voting for him.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 7, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    I salute you friend, for your comments about the labor market and illegal aliens. Washington says nothing about it as they talk about "reform." In fact, they suggest as part of this "reform" importing even MORE workers to compete with our own.
    Prior to the year 2000 we could count on the labor unions to cry foul. But now they are among the most vocal supporters of illegal aliens, demanding not just work permits but a path to citizenship.
    In the end, amnesty will result in paying once more for these workers. We'll have our unemployed and another group on the books lining up for child tax credits, unemployment benefits and other means-tested social services they don't currently receive.
    And the issue isn't even close. Census data from 2006 (before the recession) showed that 6.8 million illegal aliens were working in the United States at a time when 22 million adults with low skills and 10 million teens were out of work. Would it not be a better idea to coax our own citizens to work and raise wages and benefits in the process?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 7, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    According to the US Chamber of Commerce's poll of business owners in America the number one reason they aren't hiring nor planning to hire anytime soon is ..drum roll....OBAMACARE! Note to Democrats, Thanks very much and you really should have read it before you passed it, you really should have!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    April 7, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    Our current government policies are hurting millions, forcing them out of the workplace, making them dependent on handouts, snuffing out their dignity. Somewhat surprised the AP is publishing such a damaging article against the progressive movement.

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    April 7, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    1. If Participation Rate is a better indicator of economic health than Unemployment Rate, does it encompass the entire labor market? Does it reflect those who are underemployed because job scarcity forced them to accept employment in fields that do not match their skill set? Doug and Cynthia would seem to fit in that category.

    2. If lower skill jobs are being taken by the overqualified, are some groups being hit particularly hard? If participation rate were broken out by ethnicity, would it show the devastating effect it is having on voting groups? Does the resulting dependency on the government safety net programs not suggest that the failed policies of the current administration are exacerbating the problem instead of solving it?

    3. Are we really lacking skilled workers in this country? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce seems to think we need to import more from foreign countries and certainly don't want to deport the illegal aliens who underbid U.S. workers in the construction industry consistently. Does this not line the pockets of Chamber members while aggravating employment disparity and promoting unemployment?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 7, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    Please note that this story ran on Saturday so as not to crash the DOW even more.
    This problem with the participation rate has been known all along; just not reported in the MSM.
    And certainly not during the campaign.
    The narrative was that Romney was out-of-touch and would only help his rich friends if elected.
    Obama was the champion of the little guy, they said.
    But who went golfing with Tiger and sent his kids to the Bahamas and Sun Valley for spring break? Who is it tinkering with Social Security in his (late) budget?
    We clearly elected the wrong man and the media helped protect their Dear Leader.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 6, 2013 7:46 p.m.

    Please notice, Obama people, this is an AP article, not FOX News.

    OK now that we got that out of the way, let me take the lead for all of you. One, Two, Three,

    It's Bush and the Republicans fault.