What’s your take on the job market?

Economists were expecting better numbers this morning than a 9.8 percent unemployment rate for November and just 39,000 additional jobs on nonfarm payrolls.

In fact, it’s the highest U.S. jobless rate since April.

What has been your experience in the job market lately? Still really tough or are you seeing a little improvement, which is what economists had been predicting?

If you are working, is your company talking about hiring again? When?

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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58 comments Add your comment

Economics

December 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

Bad and only getting worse, reggardless of what the media says! New round of foreclosures coming, 3 million will stop receiving unemployment check by 01/11. New financial way of living is coming America, get used to it.

Economics

December 3rd, 2010
9:11 am

Those so called jobs? seasonal, all will be gone after the holidays.

joe

December 3rd, 2010
9:17 am

Terrible and it keeps getting worse. My income continues to drop while the cost of living continues to rise. We are so overloaded with taxes, bureaucracy, and the tools in Washington still don’t realize how much they’ve facked things up. The economy will not improve until the unemployment numbers drop to a number in the 7% range and we are a long, long way from that.

Jonathan

December 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

It’s a joke!!! It’s not getting any better for those of us who have been looking for a permanent, full-time, job, not a seasonal, part-time. And because I was self-employed, I can’t even get unemployment benefits. Sad all the way around…

Road Scholar

December 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

Where are the jobs Boehmer? McConnel? Your “mandate” is now a month long. You didn’t give Pres. Obama this long before everything was his fault!

No Jobs!

December 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

The job market is worse than ever. I got laid off from a customer support job 9 months ago and after 300 resumes, haven’t gotten 1 interview. I can’t even get some low rent job at a mall since they want to pay only minimum wage. I’ll just stay on unemployment until things get better.

Janice

December 3rd, 2010
9:32 am

worse…..i pray that those who are out of work find something soon. i have too many friends who have been out of work for over a year. very distressing, especially for those of us over 45.

lazoo

December 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

Road Scholar (sic) You must be the dumbest person in the world. Boehner & McConnell are not in control yet. Do you know what a lame duck season is? Your demogogs are still in control until January!

RGB

December 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

Road Scholar:

Please ask for a civics book (or two…or three) before commenting again.

As you should know, the new Republican House members haven’t even taken office yet, which means the Democrats still control both houses of Congress along with the Executive Branch. And, after these new members take office, Democrats will still control 2 of the aforementioned bodies. (Your civics books will explain how legislation must be passed through both houses of Congress before becoming law.)

So if you believe it is acceptable to blame people who don’t hold office for today’s economic conditions, then why shouldn’t I blame you for our troubles? Why haven’t YOU fixed the economy?

Knucklehead.

P.S. Why not brush up on your spelling of political leaders’ names while you’re at it.

WHAT DO YOU THINK

December 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

America’s economy is going down the drain faster and faster. We have companies here in the states that’s taking our jobs and OUTSOURCING them to overseas:
BLUECROSS/ BLUESHIELD just opened call centers in INDIA and JAMACIA
AT&T sent jobs to RUSSIA and GERMANY
Please tell me why are these Corporate America giants killing America? Both companies want you to buy and support their services but they are sending jobs to other countries. Can I get telephone service from Russia or Germany? How about Health Insurance from Jamacia? Why are we killing ourselves? Let’s stop supporting companies thats outsourcing jobs … that’s taking money out of our friends and families homes.
AMERICA is KILLING AMERICA… The federal government does not care. They are not giving up their salaries. I thought that we were going to penalize companies for this type of service? No more tax breaks !!! Evidently they are giving them more monies to outsource I’m seeing more and more companies finding different countries.
WE DON’T NEED GUNS IN AMERICA … WE ARE KILLING EACH OTHER BY SENDING AMERICAN JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES….

Tony

December 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

I guess it depends on what industry you are in. In my current job there are several open positions that we have been unable to find candidates for, much less qualified candidates. IT is in great shape now – want a job? Start learning those skills – they are not that hard, most can be self taught through the internet, and are relatively high paying against most industry jobs.

Palin fan

December 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

If the unemployed weren’t so lazy they would get off their duffs and go out and find a job. It’s not that hard.

Why do we kill their motivation by giving these lazy slackers “unemployment insurance”? It would be better called “free money for lazy bums”!

TnGelding

December 3rd, 2010
9:47 am

What a disappointing report, but let’s not forget it really isn’t that accurate and the reports for Sept. and Oct. were revised upward. So far it looks like Wall Street is shrugging it off, tho.

Put us back to work, Corporate America! Invest in your country, wealthy patriot! Buy American, citizen!

Eric

December 3rd, 2010
9:52 am

Won’t get any better until we get rid of the clown-in-chief in 2012.
Change is a’comin..

Right

December 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

It didn’t look like people were out of work a week ago… The malls and stores were jam packed… What’s going on here?

big d

December 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

TONY i hate 2 spoil your day, but the job market will never get better according 2 bible prophecies it will only get worse people are losing jobs and home every day, it will come a time when money will be worthless and everything is depleted and it’s right around the corner once the market can no longer hold up value and crash, just think about all of the bellout money the government borrow from treasury department it’s all use up and soon it will no longer exist.

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

If Road Scholar is a Road Scholar, than I’m Santa Clause.

What an idiot.

Tony

December 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

Which Bible prophesies big d?

I’m a Christian, and the verse I remember is “No one knows the day nor the hour”.

It is all a matter of perspective – in China the economy is growing like crazy, in India the same thing. People thought the end of the world was here in 1929 in the US. In 1939 in Germany, in second century Rome, etc etc etc.

I think it is important to not box God into the what is going on in the US.

Atlantan

December 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Elections have consequences – awesome showing by the economic geniuses Obama, Pelosi, Geithner and Reid. Yet even now they want to raise taxes on “the wealthy” come January.

I guess almost 10% unemployment isn’t high enough. After all Presbo said it is about “economic justice.” How is the hope and change working out for you now?

tim

December 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

Chaos brings opportunities.

The Unbiased Truth

December 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Things are getting better; my firm has been hiring and some folks have blown off interviews, come unprepared or accepted offers somewhere else. Those with hard skills and education, such as IT, nursing, medical, accounting, and finance (and not those with degrees in liberal arts, mgmt, or other non-skill areas) are finding jobs. There were so many fluff jobs created by fictitious Wall Street & real estate money that it will be slow go, but the tortoise wins the race.

Heck, everyone wanted (and was financed for) 300-500K houses; there was nothing real underlying the phony capital economy for the past 10 or so yrs; we needed a good kick in the butt because let’s face it, American’s got fat and lazy and now it’s time top pay the piper. At some point, companies will have to hire because they have so much cash on their balance sheets, they will have to hire people since they have been buying software and making capital expenditures, and are lean and efficient as they are going to get; just look at earnings reports for major companies for the past few quarters.

It had been a long time (since early 80s) that we really felt some pain, although this is far more than once would expect; with the financial and other meltdowns, it was simply multiple Mr. Murphy events making it worse than it otherwise would have; but folks will now live within their means long-term and quit living on credit. Trends come and go, but cash is always king. But the media sure loves to run depressing and sensational news & headlines without looking at the over all picture that it is getting better but jobs are always the last to recover. Patience is a virtue.

Hey “No Jobs!”, you could get a job at the mall and hacve some income while you look but if you sit around and won’t take a position you beleive is beneath you, you will not find a job and certainly aren’t demonstrating a good work ethic; lots of temp folks develop relationships at those types of jobs that land them a better job but you can’t just not take a job until it meets your perfect criteria.

Pinche Huevos

December 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Bush created 1 million jobs in 8 years and left the country bankrupt to all you moorons that vote republican I hope you have a good 401k ,cause your gonna need it.

Richard Covington

December 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Pending erosion of government jobs in the millions due to states already bankrupt California Michigan , Nevada Florida the list also include Ga. The Fed has boosted total Debt as of today to 13 Trillion an unforgiveable untouchable number which will grow to be 100% of disposable gross national product taxation by 2020. By 2012 if we make it will be about 40% of gross federal budget as they must at least pay interest. We will have implosion of monetary funding while constant printing of unbacked dollars will generate massive hyperinflation in America in the coming years (witness Germany 1920-30 prior to military aggression .)

We have squandered the future of the youngest American generations on a useless 10 year war in the Mideast that has been funded by China . This same war economically devastated the only other Superpower Russiain the 1980 ’s bringing about their national breakup and downfall .

The Century of China is now upon us and their use of energy ,steel, technology and Education and planning for their 2 billion people continues their emegerance as an Economic superpower / will catapult them beyond America in a few years.

The erosion of American jobs in manufacturing undermined our countries solvency as tracks back
fifteen years. I only hope predictions and trend analysis I have sited above do not come to fruition
but the quality of blind myopic egotistical leadership in our business and government have now brought our country to the BRINK.

Headin West

December 3rd, 2010
10:41 am

The job market is horrible. I’ve sent probably 200 resumes out across the nation, and only gotten 4 interviews. Of the 4, not one was in Georgia (2 in TX, 1 in UT, 1 in FL). Never thought I’d say this, but I’m considering packing up the family and moving. Austin and Dallas are my preferences, but we shall see where I HOPEFULLY land a job.

Pinche Huevos

December 3rd, 2010
10:42 am

Vote republican = vote against your own best interests ….LOSERS…….

Right

December 3rd, 2010
10:56 am

@The Unbiased Truth Liberal Art degrees are great! How dare you knock them??? I am not kidding either…

Neverexpectedthis

December 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

Bad and getting worse. I was laid off from a senior level corporate position, send hundreds of resumes into black holes every week, and end up being “overqualified” for just about everything when I *am* contacted, even when I am willing to take half of what I was making before. I’m sure the fact that I’m over 50 plays into it as well. I pray that the people who think we’re all just too lazy to go out a find one of those nonexistent jobs they think are littering the streets lose their jobs so they can see what it’s REALLY like out here. I’ve NEVER not worked in my entire life from the age of 21. I am now out of work for a year.

Pinche Huevos

December 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

Vote republican = vote against your own best interests ….LOSERS

Still Looking

December 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

I had a few months left to collect unemployment and I found a part time job that pays less a week than the unemployment and I TOOK THE JOB! Technically, I still had a week of unemployment I could draw and I chose not certify that week; I would rather work. And for those of you thinking people getting unemployment are lazy and would rather not work, you try paying your bills on $330 or less a week and you might begin to understand that even a lazy person has the potential to earn more than that.

George Bailey

December 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

No Jobs @ 9:30a. – This is exactly the problem with extending the benefits. Jobs plainly states that rather than get out and work and be productive and make contacts, he’s “just going to stay on unemployment until things get better”. Even it it’s just minimum wage, it’s better than sitting around the house milking the UI fund (which by the way, Georgia now has to borrow from the Federal Government).

I had a great job making great money back during the Dot Com bubble. Once it burst, my company closed and I had to do something fast! I ended up working as an Assistant Manager for Blockbuster making $9.75 an hour. (Training wage was minimum wage for 6 months). I spent a year and a half at that job until things began to turn around. In the meantime, I was able to sharpen my CS skills, gained a lot of experience as to how retail truly works, and kept my self esteem knowing that I was actually WORKING instead of WAITING.

Since then I have gone through several lay offs, the most recent was in 2008. Did I take UI benefits? of course, longest stretch was 3 months. However, I never stopped looking, and i never considered a job to be beneath me if as long as it came with a check that I could EARN.

Financially and professionaly I’m in a much better place now, but ti wasn’t always that way. So instead of snubbing your nose at work becuase it pays minimum wage, look at it as your next step to a better job down the road. At least to a potential employer you will sound motivated when they ask what you’ve been doing, as opposed to “I’ve been living off of unemployment until things get better”.

Ezra

December 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

Pinche Huevos

December 3rd, 2010
10:40 am
George Soros is looking for you!

Ezra

December 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

This is the hope and change the progressive liberals promised! First you tear down American then you build it back into a socialist state. Yep it time to decide now who our next president will be.

The Unbiased Truth

December 3rd, 2010
11:30 am

@Right – critical thinking skills developed with a liberal arts degree are effective when paired with graduate education, such as law school or other prefessional degrees; but in a competitive job market like today, you really do not walk in the door with a skill set employers are looking for, versus degrees with some type of trade skills, such as finance, nursing, acounting. etc. that is applicable in todays growth industries applicable to doing.

In fact graduate schools look for liberal arts majors because of the critical thinking skills they develop; but by themselves, a liberal arts degree is not a degree in demand by todays employers who are looking for trade skill degrees.

ron allen

December 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

HEY PINCHE WHEN DID YOU GET OUT?

ron allen

December 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

HOW MANY SALADS DID YOU TOSS

Right

December 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

Thank you for the explanation @Unbiased I feel a lot better…

HTH

December 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

Being unemployed is depressing in most instances. It’s a medical fact. Left with you. The bills pressing in can lead to panic. I want to recommend this. Psycological counseling. May make the situation calm for you. It’s easier when you have your wits about you. In a very trying situation. There are a ton of free resources in this regard.

If your dependancy on any situation is out of control. Be it not able to find a job. Or mounting debt (that is a very bad situation). Again recognize. A situation under control. It’s easier to function and figure out what to do. It may mean less pay but again it could be easier to cope that way.

Sometimes you have more time to think when there is less pressure on at work. A lower paying wage can make that happen.

For you the big picture may not be worth worrying about. Network if you can. If you can’t look around.

Destin Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
2:19 pm

Hospitailty industry.. casual dining.. and Heathcare… Jobs are out there !!! my college educated adult children are working OVERTIME… daughter is a scrub nurse,.. son bar tender @ Applebees.. nothing special buy making a living.. not collecting unemployment…. GET A JOB !!

Destin Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
2:26 pm

we sure don’t need over educated colleg grads in liberal arts or Lawyers… if you go to college… get a degree in SOMETHING.. … Engineering. medical.. or go to trade school mechanical, electrican.. etc..

Destin Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

yes ron allen TOSS SALADS .. Got to start some where.. that’s how you end up owning a restaurant..

Right

December 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

ummm @Destin Dawg Liberal Arts is a degree in something…. I took classes in Business and Education. I can take my degree and move on to graduate school in whatever I chose. Maybe you should take your opinion and help your son move up from tending bar at Applebees… I bet he has a mainstream degree right?? What a joke!

No Law

December 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Don’t go to law school. There are thousands of lawyers on the street looking for very few jobs, and the money is terrible. My friend just got his law degree and can’t even find a job as a paralegal making $25,000 per year!

Destin Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
3:07 pm

RIGHT.. grad school ???? like engineering or medicine ??? . son will soon be a manager at up $70 K…. at most bars in ATl.. your bar tender will probably be a college grad in Liberal Arts …who is looking for a teaching job…. just saying..

Mrs. Mary Powers

December 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

I hope this helps someone else. My son came across this site called careerfoo.com. I joined too. I don’t work for them or anything like that. Working over the phone (which was nice for an older person like me) & email, I had a resume in a few hours. Never had one before. $95 bucks & I have a career coach coach that I can call, update my resume, get advice for a year. Lots of free tools if you dont want to sign up. How to deal with unemployment insurance, get trade adjustment act grants, job search engines, etc. Hope this helps someone else. Its just so tough right now.

TnGelding

December 3rd, 2010
5:21 pm

This has been building for decades, under Republican and Democratic control of Congress and the White House. Let’s stop bickering and put pressure on our current elected officials to get our fiscal house in order, starting with seriously addressing the outsourcing of jobs overseas and the current account balance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_current_account_balance

The Dogfighter Returns

December 3rd, 2010
7:19 pm

the penetentiary industry is booming and in demand of tough guys. Crime will be at all time high once unemployment benefits cease. hold onto your pocket books folks and lock your doors.

lawyers are only capable of reading, writing, and misinforming at a high level, besides this they are just deadweight to any society.

Josh

December 3rd, 2010
9:57 pm

Palin fan you are a piece of trash, and i truly hope that you lose your job so that you can find out what it’s like to be looking for a job in this economy.

TnGelding

December 3rd, 2010
11:46 pm

Let’s just take ADP’s number of 100,000 jobs crated in November and be happy.

TnGelding

December 3rd, 2010
11:46 pm

ron allen

December 4th, 2010
10:07 am

PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE FOR FREE HEAT TALKING ON THEIR CELLPHONES….PRICELESS