What’s your take on the current job market?

How do you see the current job market? Changing for the better as some economists say it is or still stuck in neutral?

I’m asking because there are two important stories today focusing on long-term unemployment.

Jobless Americans who haven’t found work in at least 27 weeks represent one of the more pernicious legacies of the Great Recession, AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes.

In Georgia, 51.3 percent of  jobless have unsuccessfully sought work for at least six months, Chapman reports. Only South Carolina (51.8 percent) and New Jersey (51.4 percent) post a higher percentage of long-term unemployed. And only New Jersey surpasses Georgia for the percentage of jobless unable to find work after a year’s search, Chapman writes.

Meanwhile, more than 22,000 Georgians who were in danger of losing extended unemployment benefits beginning in June will continue to receive them thanks to last-minute action by the legislature, AJC reporter Christopher Quinn writes.

The extended benefits, which average about $244 a week in the state, kick in for 20 weeks after a recipient has used up 79 weeks of unemployment.

Are you one of those in need of extended benefits? Have you noticed any uptick recently as you continue to apply for jobs? Or is it still a frustrating long shot?

Some people believe extended benefits cause the unemployed to go longer without jobs because they would rather receive federal checks than take jobs below wages they want.

Do you think this is true? If so, is it a widespread attitude or rare?

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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67 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

April 15th, 2011
6:33 am

The contention that people will forego a job to get $244/week in unemployment is laughable. Yes, there may be some slugs out there, but most want a job and the highr payout and benefits which go with it. Why not prvide unemployment, esp for those who have been unemployed the longest, with attending trainning? At least they get paid for doing something to benefit themselves.

TnGelding

April 15th, 2011
7:34 am

All indications are it’s improving, but not nearly fast enough. I think a lot of people continue to draw unemployment rather than take a job they don’t want and not necessarily because of the lower pay. It really benefits themselves and their potential employer that is looking for a perm.

Robert H

April 15th, 2011
7:58 am

After a layoff from a great career in 2008 I found work in 2009. I am employed but underpaid. I have a college degree, experience and skills in IT. I have been trying to get another job now for 18 months and nothing. Not only are salaries righteously low – but no one calls back. I understand the economy is bad however you can’t equate what I know and can offer to a kid out of high school working at a fast food restaurant. Unfortunately take a look at the ads, tons of hard to get experience wanted … $12 an hour.

Charles

April 15th, 2011
8:06 am

what does one do if he is over 60? youth is wanted you know you are not getting hired because of your age age discrimination is there you know it, they know that, and they know that you know it too, but proving it is next to impossible. We are not slackers, just older and not wanted

Still Hopefull after Three Years

April 15th, 2011
8:12 am

I moved here in June of ‘07 and lost my job in November of the same year. I worked at one place here temporarily before the company closed in December of ‘08. I have exhausted the unemployment benefit a LONG time ago. I still look for a job everyday. I refuse to allow being unable to find a job keep me down or depressed. Since I have the experience along with others, but didn’t have a degree I was often overlooked for positions and have barely received a call back. So, I went back to school. I believe that the job market will improve and one can only hope that the salaries improve and grow as the market improves and grows. It seems like there are just as many under-employed people as there are unemployed people.

Joe Schmoe

April 15th, 2011
8:17 am

Im sorry, even in this down economy, it does not take two years to find a job. Problem is a lot of folks are living in the past, with high expectations, expecting big jobs with big perks. Plenty of jobs, but some people believe they are “above” that pay or title.

TnGelding

April 15th, 2011
8:26 am

Well, it’s a bad situation that didn’t have to happen. And the Wall Street wizards that are mostly to blame are back drawing their obscenely high bonuses. Life ain’t fair!

TGIF

April 15th, 2011
8:41 am

@Joe – I don’t think that you can put a blanket statement out there based on your opinions and assumptions and pass it off as a fact or the truth in all situations. I think that people in general have accepted the reality of the current job market and economy that we live in. High rates of foreclosures and looming budget cuts everywhere that we turn are a constant reminder that we are not in the same environment as a few years ago. With that said, as an employer, if you have someone with 15 years of Office Manager/Executive Assistant experience are you going to hire them to work in the mailroom or the receptionist even if they have applied to the position? In lots of situations the answer to that is no. Then you also run into the attitude of companies assuming that if a person is currently unemployed then they were not a good employee in the first place and are passed over once a resume or application is submitted. The attitudes, assumptions, prejudices and stereotypes that plague the unemployed are as large of a contributing factor as to why people suffer long term unemployment as the reality of the lack of jobs that are out there to be filled. Regardless of what career field you are in, the reality of the situation is there are less jobs out there to be filled today as there were a few months ago. The reality of the situation is that many of the jobs that were dissolved a few years ago will never return to the job market. Thus contributing to a high unemployment rate more so than an attitude of “people living in the past with high expectations, expecting big job perks.”

Mountain Man

April 15th, 2011
8:46 am

To Joe Schmoe — Get real! You probably have a job, just draw your check and don’t hold the passion for employment that many unemployed, well educated, career minded workers embraced a few years back.

Sanjeev

April 15th, 2011
8:51 am

It’s a lot better than it’s been the last 3 years. It took me 13 months to find a job making 1/3 of what I was making, which was far less that what I made 15 years ago straight out of college. Then another 12 months to find something that paid half of what I was making. Unfortunately I’ve had to rely on credit cards the last 3 years to survive. As far as the job market I’d say the last 6 months I had seen more action on my resume than the prior 2.5 years combined.

pj

April 15th, 2011
8:53 am

My experience was similar to Robert H.’s I finally found a job after almost 2 yrs. I am still here after fifteen months, thankfully, but still classified as temp. so no benefits, and when everyone else is off on a paid holiday, I’m off and not getting paid. It took 11 months for me to have something left in my bank account, and one end-of-year holiday period plus a almost a week of snow days, and I’m back to square one. Sometimes feels like I’m not much better off than when I was receiving UI benefits, but I did just pay off a credit card…Also still looking for a better job using my skills, allowing them to increase, and and paying more.

pj

April 15th, 2011
8:59 am

ps to TGIF: “if you have someone with 15 years of Office Manager/Executive Assistant experience are you going to hire them to work in the mailroom or the receptionist even if they have applied to the position? In lots of situations the answer to that is no.”
why not? they’ve proven their worth and are willing or they wouldn’t apply (I know, contrary to Joe S., I applied for around 1,000 jobs of EVERY type before finding one…have also felt the age prejudice as well)

Me Be Working' (Not)

April 15th, 2011
8:59 am

Pretty tough to get interviews when one one of the computer-automated questions is “Are you currently employed?”. Lie and get disqualified. Tell the truth and get disqualified. Gotta love it.
Then, in order to live you need to liquidate retirement assets, which you pay taxes on PLUS a 10% penalty (I was tought in business law the word ‘penalty’ was illegal, but not to the IRS). To pay your taxes, you need to liquidate more retirement assets, and the cycle continues.

Banks get bailed out. Homeowners get bailed out. GM get bailed out. What to the unemployed get? The ultimate ‘F’-up the ‘A’. Sure, everyone in Washington “cares”, but I’ve moved waaay beyond “Hope” and “Change”. Empty words.

KE

April 15th, 2011
9:08 am

I have seen the article about the unemployed…people struggling with finding work…and all of you who are moaning and groaning about being underpaid; frustrated because some of you are working a temp job…and this has been ongoing for 12+ months; frustrated that you are looking to find something better…take a look at yourself, in the mirror, then look at the others that are struggling. Those who want to quit their jobs? Best look at the ratio at the present time: MORE PEOPLE THEN THERE ARE JOBS. Those that are getting UI benefits, like myself…are happy that money is coming in. Very fortunate that I have loving parents…I only gripe and swear because there are conditions the employers set forth for applicants, like myself. Age is a factor, lack of long-term employment is a factor…taking my almost 2 years from one full-time job, to the next, shows up…and they frown upon this. Compatible-exact working conditions against your past experience also plays in. More and more companies going overseas because of the dumb-assed tax rates the govt has set forth for all companies in this country…sending work over there, especially Switzerland. It is dumbfounding. So…here is a real lesson to all of you that have legitimate work: stop your complaining…you have work. Those who have a job but hate it…best keep it for a while, for to find other work is hard enough. If you are getting UI benefits, you are fortunate. I feel hard for those that are living off food stamps…family members, etc., it is tough and I thank all, everyday, who are helping me through this recession. Do NOT just go out and take college courses with your loans. Seek out grants (ie. Pell) and get involved in REAL course work that meets the present, economic demands. Just going to school and taking courses is not helping your position. EOS

Trevor

April 15th, 2011
9:11 am

I have a JD, MBA, and am licensed in several jurisdictions; and have more than 20 years of successful experience. Yet, law firms and companies only want to hire recent graduates so they can pay them less. I am willing to work at entry level pay, but no one will talk to you if you have any experience.

***Sigh***

April 15th, 2011
9:13 am

I was laid off last year the day after the owner of the company I worked for came back from a week long vacation in Europe. “Business isn’t doing well.” I was the least paid person in the office with the longest hours. Before that, I toyed with the idea to go back to school and get another degree. That became a reality a month later. I am now in school full-time and have exhausted my unemployment benefits.

I have exhausted my savings as well, while going to school. I have applied to places from corporate offices to the Dollar General down the street. I have applied to Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, etc…and not even an interview or callback. It’s not for lack of trying, so please don’t put assumptions that we’re lazy and not motivated. I am in school full-time and more than willing to work full-time. Up until this layoff, I have been employed since I was 15, so experience is not a problem. Thirty years of work ethics as well. I am SO tired of people that are employed making assumptions of the long employed. There are plenty of people who DO take jobs for less pay. Grant it, there are plenty of people willing to live off unemployment, but there are many who want a job. YOU are not immune to being laid off, so I hope your smug attitude doesn’t slap you in the face.

***Sigh***

April 15th, 2011
9:16 am

That should have read “the long-time UNemployed”

James

April 15th, 2011
9:20 am

Until we as a country fix many of the long-term problems that have been brewing and festering for years, the economy will not bounce back as quickly as it did last time. There are too many people chasing too few jobs in a current economy that doesn’t have any. Employers are not going to hire an experienced person like me, with 20 years of experience, for a $9.00/hour job, knowing that they will leave as soon as they find something better. Businesses will remain hunkered down with their financial resources until they see some meaningful remedies in terms of public policy that will not affect their bottom line. Also, you can’t spend your way out of a bad economy. So, while the economy may be coming back, it is not close to the 300K jobs that need to be created each month to break even (not counting the new crop of college graduates getting ready to come out this summer). Not trying to be all doom and gloom, but I’m afraid that for the foreseeable future there will continue to be real pain for a lot of people.

Still Looking

April 15th, 2011
9:22 am

It has taken me about 2 years to find a full time job, making much less than I used to make and in an area where I have no experience. I stayed on unemployment until I found a part time job making about the same as I was getting on unemployment. Why does anyone think a person would give up unemployment for a job making less than unemployment? That isn’t scamming the system, it’s called surviving.

Vinetta

April 15th, 2011
9:31 am

I can attest to those commenters with respect to applying to any positions for the sake of working. Employers don’t hire them. What is worst are the temporary agencies that won’t give you an assignment even though you qualify. The one I am registered with lists numerous positions on the AJC (legal) but when I call to inquire, they tell me their clients only want native Georgians. with the recent influx of people migrating to the South, there are not that many personnel with “Georgia law firm experience”. All we need is an opportunity to prove that we can do the job.

Willing & WANTING to work

April 15th, 2011
9:44 am

I’ve been out of work for 5 months. I WANT to work, but there are just not full time jobs out there right now. Most employers don’t hire from job sites (careerbuilder/monster) so it’s really a grass roots job search environment. I took a temp job, which means I won’t get my unemployment benefits as long as I’m temping, but at least it shows on my resume that I’m working and WANT to work.

I felt very safe in my job before I was laid off. You never know when it will be you, so you should really ease up the judgement. Most of us looking for work were in your shoes at one point. I was at my job for nearly a decade and now I’m searching again.

pj

April 15th, 2011
9:59 am

ditto on Trevor’s comment about people hiring students/new grads so they can pay less – esp. in a town with a college/University.

Mass Dawg

April 15th, 2011
10:15 am

I don’t understand why people continue to move to GA with the idea that jobs are plentiful here. The media continues to play on the notion that Atlanta is growth story just waiting for the next transplant to strike it big. The reality of the situation is the GA economy peaked in 2001. Since the dot com melt down, the state of GA has not been able to create or lure knowledge based companies that pay real salaries. Instead, GA has returned back to it’s1960’s playbook of applying tax incentives to low level warehouse and manufacturing jobs, that pay no taxes, add to the trafiic issues, and starve the local schools of tax revenues.

haning in there

April 15th, 2011
10:25 am

Hey people we would not be in this situation if Georgia wasn’t a will to work state. Good people are being laid off so the employer can hire the next people for less. I worked for a company for 19 years’ and was liad off last year…As I was looking for a job I looked at there website and the same job I got laid off from “becasue of lack of work” was posted on the website…People wake up and stop complaining. If you don’t like the way thing are then you need to vote. and when you do vote make sure the person you are putting in office is working for you (the underdog) and not the rich.

RedNeck Rick

April 15th, 2011
10:26 am

Disclaimer: Long term unemployment sucks. I’m sorry for those in this situation.

HOWEVER, think of the job search like fishing. If you have good bait, you’ll catch fish…if there are fish in the pond. The bait is your education, skills, previous experience, etc. If you are not enhancing yourself during your unemployment by taking classes, learning a new trade, or volunteering, then you are failing yourself. The fish in the pond is your location. I know some people are bound to this area for whatever reason, but if you have had no luck finding a job in two years and if you believe you have enough bait, then you need to move. Sell whatever you got and move elsewhere. What will you gain by staying?

Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

I was laid-off in April 2009, and it took me until March 2010 to get a paycheck. I worked on school, finishing my degree and completed an internship. I was preparing to move out of the state before landing that internship. However, I knocked their socks off and I was hired. I’m still not at the salary I was prior to the layoff, but I will be in a few months after a promotion. I worked hard to get out of that hole and you can too.

Jimmy P

April 15th, 2011
10:31 am

Being a design engineer in Georgia is rough. Jobs keep posting, but no calls. Seems if your out of work and looking, they don’t want you. They only are talking to those who HAVE JOBS ALREADY. We are the new 4th class in this country and the new unwashed of America.

stilljobless

April 15th, 2011
10:55 am

One thing not too many folks have brought up here is the fact that majority of people still unemployed after one year are over the age of 45. Three people were let go the same week I was in march of 2010 and all over that age as well as myself, (50). Only one of us has found a job. The benefit I get each week helps pay for gas to go on an interview, printer ink, internet and some bills. I worked for 32 years and never thought I would end up like this at this age. I am one of those hunched over my computer looking all day long for jobs. Put in for too many to count right now and only 5 interviews in over a year. The emotional side of this life is awful also. So many folks think we are lazy and stupid. I have a degree, lots of experience and a good attitude. I would be loyal and willing to learn to get my foot in the door. I have applied at all the fast food places, retail only to be laughed out the door. Why hire me at a good company where I will stay and retire, need benefits, when they can hire a younger person whom the company will never have to invest in. That is what is happening out here and no one seems to care all that most want to do is trash talk those of us recieving benefits.

Jony

April 15th, 2011
10:59 am

Welcome to the new Mexico 2011. Forget the illegal immigrant stuff. In a few years, this will be a 3rd world nation. .09% of the population will live behind armed gated walls and the other 249 million will be outside the gates killing each other for used shoes and moldy bread.

LukasAtl

April 15th, 2011
11:08 am

This is very very simple … in the IT industry, alot of the jobs have been off-shored to places like India and China. Those that haven’t yet been off-shored, are taken by immigrants here on a visa. I have not worked with a native born US citizen programmer / developer in many years.

We have also sent most of the manufacturing, which once provided good jobs to the unskilled, over seas to countries like India and China.

However, we want to complain about the hispanics migrating here and taking the low-skill, low pay jobs …

Until something is done about all of the jobs business has off-shored (call job-jacking) and the loss of manufacturing … nothing will change

Kennesaw Dave

April 15th, 2011
11:09 am

I’m afraid I’m only going to echo most of the comments in here. I have a dear friend that has been unemployed for 2+ years. She has gone back to school to get training in a different field as the department of labor suggested, but still cannot find work in her past or new field. Thankfully she lives with family and is getting interviews but no one is taking a chance on her right now either because of her credit or because she is “overqualified” for the position. Networking helps to a degree I have passed on job openings in my company to the person at my church that runs our unemployemnt ministry but it’s just so very tough right now. Employers are being much more selective in who they hire now than they did in the past and I know that my company is beginning to streamline a lot of positions as a way to save money. Without getting terribly political, I don’t really see any drastic economic improvement until after 2012 when we might have some better government leadership in the way of improving economic issues.

ann

April 15th, 2011
11:09 am

I have to agree with the people above who have real “boots to the ground” experience in the difficulties of finding work. MOST PEOPLE especially those that have honed their skills and experience for ten years or more, DO want to share their talents with businesses after-all, having a god job with decent pay has always been a part of the American dream. We were all told that if we put in the time and effort that one day it would pay off. Successful American companies have always valued experience, otherwise how could they have grown? However, in today’s job market, it seems that experience is a bad word. Too many experienced workers that are the age 50 or more, are out of work and it’s not because of a lack of trying – that is a myth. Many of these people – the unemployed, underemployed, and unemployable – once represented the “middle class” in America. If something doesn’t change, I shiver when I think about the long-term effects of lack of employment will eventually have on everyone. How will this nation survive this?

shaggy

April 15th, 2011
11:10 am

Jony,

I have an idea. Take your upbeat and positive message, make a story out of it, write/publish a book out of it, and I will use it for toilet paper.
In short , you are no oracle that can predict what will happen outside of your mom’s basement, where you are typing on your computer.

All She Wrote

April 15th, 2011
11:21 am

The reality is, there has been very little JOB creation by our current rep’s in DC and or GA. And since the tea baggers are now in our Government at both the State & Federal level, they will complete the job that the GOP couldn’t, which is to further erode the middle class. Most of the jobs created don’t even provide a living wage and yet if we listen to the political assclowns and the monthly BS from the Ministry of Lies (BLS), our Country is in recovery and jobs are plentiful. Now that Wall Street and the Banks are fully in control, next up will be to strip the elderly of medical benefits and go to a voucher system.
Here we are months in to the new people in DC and still no discourse on JOBS or JOBS creation.

caty

April 15th, 2011
11:24 am

All you doubters re: unemployed who are genuinely and sincerely looking for work, just wait till it happens to you and it will one day, when you least expect it or need it (especially when you are an older worker) maybe then you won’t be so skeptical about our diligence looking for work.

Billy Carter

April 15th, 2011
11:24 am

Barack Obama = Jimmy Carter which means high unemployment.

The jobs won’t come back till you get a new President. History is being repeated. We didn’t learn anything from the Carter era. We now have high energy prices, high unemployment and high inflation.

Change you can believe in, Ha!

Ninety Niner

April 15th, 2011
11:34 am

I was unemployed for 2 years and 8 months. I have a college degree and at the peak of my career in 2002 I was making over 200K/year. During my unemployment I went through a divorce which left me a single mom to a 5 year old, I lost my health insurance, with no insurance I broke my ankle which was catastprohic financially. I barely scraped by supporting 2 people on unemployment benefits during this time. While also staving off collectors and lawsuits trying to get money from me. I sent out resumes daily, received no replies, I would have accepted anything to feel like a productive member of the workfroce again. I was blesssed to finally receive an offer of employment after 6 months of interviewing with the same company. They are paying me a base salary that I made back in 1997 but I come in here every day happy to be here and vigilant that I pay back the people I had to put on hold while Istruggled to keep a roof over me and my child’s head. Are things getting better? maybe a bit. Is the salary levels where they should be given the talent pool? NO Will it ever be the same–NO. But, the struggle has given me an appreciation for doing away with debt, working and managing my money that I have never had and living within my means.

shaggy

April 15th, 2011
11:42 am

Billy Carter,

So, you give no credit to “W” for the economic mess, yet it began in 2007, and really snowballed in 2008.
Why is that?

Peter

April 15th, 2011
12:00 pm

Joe Schmoe wrote on April 15th, 2011 @ 8:17 am

“I’m sorry, even in this down economy, it does not take two years to find a job. Problem is a lot of folks are living in the past, with high expectations, expecting big jobs with big perks. Plenty of jobs, but some people believe they are “above” that pay or title.”

Joe you are an IDIOT! First of all, AGE DISCRIMINATION IS AN ISSUE. I know it, you know it, the unemployed with experience know it, the employers know it, the government knows it and the lawmakers know it.
How about the Department of Labor does an audit to uncover this massive undercover conspiracy against the 45+ club? That’s right. If the government really cared (and they do not) the would do a random audit of, say, 100+ companies of various sizes, and see what the average age of the employee work force is…and furthermore, see what the average age is of the new hires within the last three years…..since the recession started. It would be real easy to see how companies flagrantly violate the age driscrimination law.

H

April 15th, 2011
12:03 pm

I’ve been trying to find a job in Atlanta for 3 1/2 years. My young son lives in the suburbs. Unfortunately, after spending thousands of dollars flying and driving back and forth for one rejection after another I have accepted a job in NJ. What does that tell you about how bad it is in Georgia?? I’m not giving up on being with my son, but this is reality and I would rather take a job anywhere than still be unemployed. I have 2 degrees and several years of solid experience and can’t find anything around Atlanta. If I could convince my ex-wife to transfer back to NYC with my son I would pay for the whole move, but thats not going to happen. So I sit in NJ with a job and keep looking in Georgia…one of the worst places in the country to find a job.

WANTED: A JOB

April 15th, 2011
12:19 pm

I’ve been unemployed since July 2010; was let go the day before my 52nd birthday — what a gift, huh? Been actively looking every since. Unable to draw unemployment, because I worked for a religious organization (church) that is not required to pay into unemployment. Thank God for a husband will a full time job and no major bills. Have been able to work some part time jobs to buy groceries, pay cell phone bills, buy gas. I just want to work — 30 years of experience, bachelors degree — what does it take? Have been told too many times that I’m “overqualified” for most administrative positions out there; willing to take a paycut; just to have a regular paycheck coming in. Daughter looking to go to college next year; what’s a mother got to do?

H

April 15th, 2011
12:39 pm

and no I wasn’t unemployed for 3 1/2 years-thats when they moved to Georgia. I was laid off March 2010 and just found a new job in NJ starting in 2 weeks.

Vinetta

April 15th, 2011
1:25 pm

I did not see anything about the “job fairs” which are a scam for the universities and insurance companies. The last one I went to advertised Coke and other prominent companies would be there. WRONG. The only companies there were Primerica and two other insurance companies. The remaining companies were universities seeking people to go back to school. Why incur more debt? Most of us do not need to go back to school as we already have degrees. We just want to work. The US EEOC is investigating my age discrimination claim and even though I don’t expect to get my job back, this company and others will think twice about terminating a person because of their age if they know that the Feds will investigate. There is only one more job fair that I will be attending at the end of April (if I have not secured employment) and only because the venue it is held at is very large (not like the ones held at hotels) and many companies supposedly will be represented. After that, I will continue as I have done day in and day out (on-line, word of mouth and networking).

Observer

April 15th, 2011
3:01 pm

I also got laid off. The job market looks better than last year. I also have a Master.

No one is taking unemployment insurance in lieu of a full time job. You can live on $244.

I am seeing some age discrimination. I would say stay strong, maintain your mental health, exercise and keep going.

The government need to focus on job creation and invest in education and job creation instead of the current massive cuts. Has tax to the rich ever resulted in the creation of jobs?

The government needs to make it easier to start new business with minimum regulations and have a pool that small business owners can buy health insurances.

TD

April 15th, 2011
4:02 pm

“Without getting terribly political, I don’t really see any drastic economic improvement until after 2012 when we might have some better government leadership in the way of improving economic issues.”

The unemployment rate’s falling nationally, just not in Georgia, so I hardly think Obama’s at fault.

Clyde

April 15th, 2011
4:09 pm

@Ninety Niner

If you made over $200K/year, why didn’t you have any savings to fall back on when you lost your job?

TnGelding

April 16th, 2011
3:09 am

Sad, really sad. Who would have thunk it in the good ole USA? Why can’t corproate America see that if it puts 10 million people back to work it’s creating 10 million households needing its goods and services? What about changing the law so that anyone with 30 years of labor qualifies for Medicare regardless of their age and let them start tapping into their 401(k)s without a penalty? I’m afraid they’re depleting their savings looking for a job they’ll never find when they could be comfortably retired after downsizing. We’ve been hiring people to do things we would normally do ourselves to help as much as we can, even to do work at other residences in the neighborhood. We’re paying so many water bills the county gave us a discount. (I wish!) Without unemployment compensation the pain would be a lot worse. Indications are hiring is about to explode, but we’ll have to just wait and see. All the meetings Obama has had with the top CEOs in the country seem to have wasted time. He needs to knock some heads together and call on their patriotism. I’m afraid the vision the GOP has for our future will make things even worse, at least in the short term. But that isn’t going to happen unless they can regain the majority in the Senate and win the WH. About half of us are sitting on $55+ trillion in household wealth. We’re going to have to spend some of it to support those who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.

TnGelding

April 16th, 2011
3:21 am

We need to take ALL federal taxes off of business so the GOP can’t use that as an excuse any longer. FICA could be transferred over to the employees over a 7 year period with little noticable effect on take home pay. Benevelovent employers that could afford it could give an extra 1% raise in each year. I do agree with the GOP on one thing; we need to get these issues settled to remove the uncertainty. The Bush tax code changes needed to expire for ALL of us. It makes no sense for the wealthiest among us (who could pay off the national debt with about half of their holdings) to be accumulting trillions of dollars as the government goes trillions more in debt. Unbelievably they’re also receiving “entitlements”, the largest payments at that.

d. berean

April 16th, 2011
9:46 am

Money for wars, and more to come as we see it, natural disasters, yet we can not create jobs, when I can take assortments of training and can create a new and furturistic job in a matter of hours, tells me those “old time degrees” don’t cut it and heads of companies are clinging to “:dear life” clasping old time time training and work in the companies….self-study and learning all industries works, not a “career path: is no such thing leads kids to search for improbable future jobs, jobs are like Xmas trees, branch to branch, top to bottom and forget old time dragged out re-hash of high school for two yrs in school, get to real job skills to make living…

Charles

April 16th, 2011
10:04 am

TnGelding @ 3:09 am- Corporations don’t look at it like that. They look at it like this- why look at those 10 million Americans when they could look at the 2 billion in China and India!

McDonalds is Hiring!!!!

April 16th, 2011
4:34 pm

At McD–they are filling jobs! Those bailouts of GM, AIG and connected banks are finally paying off!! Those DC economic gurus—pure genius!!!