Many have given up looking for work

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Many more people stopped looking for work last month than in February, a revelation that cast a pall over a recent string of month-to-month employment gains nationally and locally.

The question on the minds of many is whether this is just a blip or sign of something more disturbing for the months ahead.

People who are out of work are no longer counted as unemployed once they stop looking for a job, a major reason why the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in March, the lowest in four years, from 7.7 percent a month earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta is 8.3 percent.

Only 63 percent of Americans were working or looking for work last month, the lowest participation level in nearly 34 years. Economists say many of those who had been job hunting became so discouraged that they gave up the search. Others may have stopped looking because unemployment benefits had run out. The dropoff also reflects the recently retired.

Have you given up looking for work, or know someone who has? Do you  think the dropouts will only grow?

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What the

April 5th, 2013
11:15 am

10,000 seniors a day retire, they are no longer looking for work.

Red-neck Rick

April 5th, 2013
11:21 am

Some people are just plain unemployable. Perhaps it is more of a societal issue than economic than we realize.

Carl

April 5th, 2013
11:21 am

Somehow Bush will be blamed and Obama will skate on this problem.

MANGLER

April 5th, 2013
11:25 am

I just never understood why people would get so far into collecting unemployment that 99 weeks would even be on the horizon. Meaning that if after a couple months of a solid realistic (more than just online resume farms) searching in your area isn’t generating anything, broaden that search to find an area that is. People who put staying in place above the ability to pay for it are doing themselves a huge disservice. I get that you may want to stay in a house, or your kids are in school and you don’t want to uproot them, you wish to stay close to family, or you simply like where you are … but if you cannot find a way to support it, you can’t stay anyway.
A lower wage job in a small apartment beats the heck out of no job and an eviction notice.

Reality

April 5th, 2013
11:32 am

Unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in 4 years but there are FEWER people working which means our economy is shrinking, not growing ! The current resident of the White House is getting a pass and the media is complicit in this.

The American Idol generation that is electing our presidents deserves everything it is getting.

Nobama

April 5th, 2013
11:32 am

No worries for us 1%ers.

Hmm, Filet or lobster for dinner?

Should I drive the Bimmer or Mercedes to the market?

I hate making decisions.

deegee

April 5th, 2013
11:34 am

I remember what it was like 34 years ago. It was 1979 and we were coming out of a recession. There were millions of baby boomers looking for work. Thirty four years have passed and the baby boomers are retiring. Now that their retirement accounts have improved over the last 18 months they can afford to retire.

Then there are the unemployable. I don’t know anyone with a modicum of professionalism that isn’t working if they so desire. No employer is going to hire someone that can’t stop texting their friends long enough to finish a task.

Reality

April 5th, 2013
11:57 am

“Thirty four years have passed and the baby boomers are retiring. Now that their retirement accounts have improved over the last 18 months they can afford to retire” – deegee

That is a tremendous assumption !

Most people I know in their 60s are having to put off or even give up the idea of being able to retire
because of the pathetic economy.

Atlanta Employer

April 5th, 2013
12:45 pm

“No employer is going to hire someone that can’t stop texting their friends long enough to finish a task.” – deegee

You aren’t kidding ! Its hard for me to hire anyone below 35. They are on their phones texting, checking messages, etc. I’m about to ban the damn things on the premises, to be used on their breaks only. Anyone caught using them on company time 3x will be let go.

deegee

April 5th, 2013
1:34 pm

The people I know in their 60s that are still working are doing so because they are taking care of their kids and grandkids. How come a 60 year-old can get up and go to work everyday but their lazyazz kids can’t?

Atlanta Employer

April 5th, 2013
1:52 pm

“The people I know in their 60s that are still working are doing so because they are taking care of their kids and grandkids. How come a 60 year-old can get up and go to work everyday but their lazyazz kids can’t?” – deegee

Seems to be very common. Mature adults with irresponsible, employment-challenged children in their 30s-40s that have kids they can’t afford to have or support,

Being responsible and having a work ethic is hard to find among this know it all Obama generation.

Funkisha

April 5th, 2013
3:14 pm

“Only 63 percent of Americans were working or looking for work last month…”

For sure that is largely attributable to a lousy economy. But still, you have to wonder what effect the never ending extension of unemployment benefits is having. Human nature being what it is some people will always seek out the path of least resistance.

Slave to the Corporate Master

April 5th, 2013
3:34 pm

“Only 63 percent of Americans were working or looking for work last month…”

For sure that is largely attributable to a lousy economy. But still, you have to wonder what effect the never ending extension of unemployment benefits is having. Human nature being what it is some people will always seek out the path of least resistance.” – Funkisha

Is “living” on unemployment really living? Its not like its 100% of your normal paycheck. What’s the most you can get a week in Georgia, $299 per week ?. I can’t live on that.

Bhorsoft

April 5th, 2013
3:50 pm

Got two friends that are unemployed. One is here on a green card but somehow was eligible for the 99 weeks of unemployment. It has run out. He is highly educated, but that education isn’t translatable to the us (expensive re-licensing requirements). He is over 50 and has a mild handicap which is also hurting his search.

The other friend was married for 10+ year and played Mr. Mom, He didn’t work those 10 years. Got divorced, but never really looked for a job after the divorce. He’s been out of for ever since the divorce. He doesn’t get and never got unemployment because he hasn’t worked. I don’t think he counts in the numbers. He also is highly educated, but since he hasn’t used it in 14 years, he really can’t get back into his field without some sort of recent certification or training. He’s also over 50.

For both of them I think there are a few things going on. Although illegal, I think there is a certain amount of age discrimination going on, plus they are both a visibly overweight and out of shape – another discrimination factor. It makes things harder when competing against trimmer and fitter 30 and 40 somethings. Their lack of any real qualifications for their desired jobs is also a hindrance although they are looking for jobs with easier entry requirements, like sales. Neither is interested in a minimum wage or heavy labor kind of job, though.

Neither of them try very hard. I suspect the extent of their search is the occasional online posting or conversation with a friend who has a job. I asked one of them for a copy of his resume so I can critique it. I haven’t seen it and I’ve asked him a couple of times over the past month. He has some money coming in so he can live frugally without working for a while longer, but it will eventually come to an end. Neither seems to realize that a job search is a job – something you do for 8 hours a day until you find a job that pays.

Both also can have a somewhat disagreeable personality. One has a short fuse and when he gets a job he will quit before the year is but because we will become outraged over some perceived injustice and quit, The other knows it all and will drive you nuts. You would probably let him go before a year was up. So yes, I do believe that some folks are also unemployable.

That said, there are a lot of reasons people can’t find a job. I also know of other well-qualified people who are diligently looking and not finding any success – anywhere, not just locally. I know that I would have a difficult time finding work as well if I had to despite being at the top of my field. Despite seemingly more announcements of employers moving to the area and hiring, it is still a tough market out there.

Close 2-60

April 5th, 2013
4:01 pm

I am a person close to 60 who is still taking care of a fulltime college student, and I’m also unemployed. Have been for quite awhile – and I’m an analyst with a great work history and solid analytical skills. I lived through the tough times of the late 70’s as a young kid, and this period we are in now is many times worse. Even back in the 70’s you could still find a job fairly easily. No more. We have become victims of the information age. Companies can’t find applicants sitting right under their noses because they don’t employ people who know how to mine their very own databases for talent. Job descriptions are works of fiction and because nobody ever talks to anyone anymore, nobody has any idea whether anyone is a good fit for a job, and by damn we’re afraid to find out. Companies interested in hiring? Why not just set up a table on the sidewalk in front of your office and talk to the people who come by. You’ll do so much better than you have been with your applicant tracking systems, HR nazis and job descriptions from hell. And we who are looking for work will actually be able to make contact.

deegee

April 5th, 2013
6:26 pm

I understand that temp agencies are hiring like crazy. Whenever I was looking for a job I went to temp agencies. A couple of my temp jobs became permanent hires.

deegee

April 5th, 2013
6:29 pm

“Being responsible and having a work ethic is hard to find among this know it all Obama generation.”

Huh? Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Aren’t you asking a lot of a 4 year old?

deegee

April 5th, 2013
6:34 pm

Bhorsoft, I’m pushing 60 and I’m studying for a professional certification. My job doesn’t depend on it but it’s nice to have. I don’t understand people that spend their money on all kinds of crap but can’t scrape together enough for a professional certification. That’s just lame.

wsw_marathoner

April 5th, 2013
6:57 pm

I am a 50 year old Banker. Was in a long term relationship for 20 years with a man that I ended about 7 months ago. I have been dating some and just getting used to it again. Love to play sports! Not one to really watch them on TV. Ran two Marathons (26.2 Miles) in the last 2 years. Atlanta and Big Sur in Carmel CA!. Love to cook. Pretty social but prefer to have just a close group of really good friends. Love to travel. Been many places: Egypt, Isreal, Instanbul, Spain, Greece, Austrualia, New Zealand, Fiji, Prague, Budapest, German, Italy. Can not list them all. Just left a big home in Brookhaven and a Vacation home outside of Asheville and moved to a High Rise on Peachtree near Peachtree Battle. A new begining in the Sky on the 14th Floor Under the Penthouse. I love Politics and News. (Big Libertarian. Fiscally conservative but socially Liberal). Love dogs. Have two Doxies named Hana and Hans. Originally from Texas and I am a good old country boy at heart who is very grounded with his roots and relegion. Played football in HS. If you were from TX you had to play football. Wide Receiver and Right Corner Back. Not intimidated by much. I have been called a Pretty Man a lot in my Life, but this Pretty Man can also be a little scrappy. Had 2 older brothers who were Rugby Players who beat on me so I learned to fight and take care of myself. Not ashamed to say back in my college days I was in a few bar fights one of which landed me in jail over night. Love being around people and being active. Just went through some Birkman Testing for work and scored a 99 for activity level, which is the highest you can score, so not much sitting around all weekend watching football on TV. Looking for someone similar in age and professional status. Never been on a dating web site until just now. I am very independent and strong willed, so if you are looking for someone passive, it is not me. Love the Theatere. Typically go to NY 3-4 times a year to see shows. Enjoy hiking especially in the Asheville area but not staying in a tent or camp ground more than one night. My really Close friends call me by a nickname that I have had since a child which is “Scooter” as in Scooter Libby. I was at a dinner party around the time the Scooter Libby Scandle broke and 2 woman next to me were talking about it and said what grown man goes by the name of Scooter? And I leaned over and said well this 40 something does. Have a nice evening!

Micah G

April 5th, 2013
6:59 pm

deegee and Atl Employer nailed it. I have never seen anything like this addiction to smart phones in my lifetime (51). I was a Shift Supervisor at a Travel Plaza and it’s clearly written, published and explained. No phones, no texting. Yet as soon as they think no is looking, it’s heads down texting away. Was at the library yesterday. Young man supposed to be putting books back on the shelves. But of course he found a nice out of the way spot to chill and text away. I don’t get it. Is what you are doing on the phone more important than a job well done. I believe that if had my own business, no one under 35 would get a second call. Or let them no that having a cell phone out on the job is a no warning, CLOCK OUT AND GO HOME offense!!!

Micah G

April 5th, 2013
7:00 pm

Oops. I meant “let them know”

wsw_marathoner

April 5th, 2013
7:02 pm

Check this out and let me know what you think!!!!!!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZumikMAjOJ8

wsw_marathoner

April 5th, 2013
7:06 pm

I am VERY safe at work because of all I do for the Company but one Day I will leave and start a Catering business. Already cater for Friends on the side.

wsw_marathoner

April 5th, 2013
7:14 pm

Always remember – The Sun and the Moon and the Stars! Look upon these often, for they will remind you of your own light! Gaze into the eyes of the 1 u love!

deegee

April 5th, 2013
8:14 pm

Recently a 17 year old kid in my area ran a red light and killed a school teacher. School had just let out for the day. I wonder if he was texting and driving.

wsw_marathoner

April 5th, 2013
8:48 pm

Nobama you should not be mad at those who like Luxury. I just spent around $17,000 on a Cartier watch.

Wilbur

April 6th, 2013
8:47 am

You are missing the point.

What is causing millions of people to leave the work force. They did not suddenly become unemployable and retirements did not suddenly jump up.

It seems to me that people are so discouraged by the economy ( 15% total unemployment U6) and Obama’s vigorous push to pad government assistance have made working unattractive for millions. Our labor force participation is at a generational low. Nine million people have left the labor force under Obama’s leadership.
A few of us can’t pay the bills for all of us.

RickInGrayson

April 6th, 2013
9:11 am

Companies that employ high-skilled workers have learned to get by with a lean staff and corporate profits are just fine with the current employment situation. Obama and the Democrats are pushing for more visas (H1-B and other visas) to bring in foreign workers at a cheaper wage rate. We don’t have a shortage of STEM workers, but we have a shortage of STEM workers that will labor for $40,000/year with a Master’s degree. Yes, their are some really, really, bright foreign workers, but they are less than 25% of those with visas. The rest are no better than the majority of US workers.

My brother has a business that employs workers in about a dozen states including most of the southeastern states, New York, and California. He employs highly paid sales types and a lot of lower employees near minimum wage. He is cutting their hours below 30 a week so that OBAMACARE doesn’t cost him his business. I also have a son working for a local business that keeps his minimum wage hours below 30 a week for the same reason (assumed).

Obama and the Democrats are pursuing very “lofty” goals that can be described as a nanny state where government is the solution to all problems. More EPA regulations only means a weakened economy, providing jobs to foreign nationals/illegal aliens at a time of high unemployment is a disgrace, lowest labor participation rate in the last 34 years (Jimmy Carter…and we all know how that worked out), 20% of US citizens on one or more of the 143 government programs to “provide for the poor”. Some employees don’t want raises because then they would lost $1200/month in government benefits. When you are only making $1500/month on your low wage job…who wants a raise that would cost them $1200/month in government benefits?

Obama and the Democrats are building the economy they WANT! One in which voters are dependent on the Democrat party for government benefits. Keep on voting the Democrat ticket and keep on getting your “free” benefits until the money runs out or China refuses to buy more government bonds to support the freebie society.

Destin Dawg

April 6th, 2013
10:22 am

Rick … you nailed it… besides all the unemployment… food stamps.. . those on Disability have skyrocketed in last couple years and these folks NEVER get off of it… permanently on the gov’t !!

Independent voter

April 6th, 2013
10:30 am

jobs are out there… but need to be willing to relocate, travel, retrain .. we did in the 70″s… no need for all these liberal arts majors with big student loans… we need skilled workers, mechanics, electricians, plumbers, etc…. nurses… truck drivers… welders.. apprenticeships.. Vo Techs.. work your way through.. no need for loans !!! personal responsibility… Get to work folks !!!!

Cassidy

April 6th, 2013
11:54 am

I think we are really start to hit a boiling point in the middle and upper middle classes in this country. We cannot keep this up. First, we need to stop ANY (legal and especially illegal) immigration until we can right this ship. The 64% of us cannot afford any additional mouths to feed. Both parties want immigration for various reasons, but we need to stand up. We deserve to be paid well for our skills and when you introduce people willing to take less then we all lose.

Unemployment needs to be dialed back to the original 26 weeks. Food stamps need to cover bare minimum foods like they used to – ie. the big blocks of hoop cheese, milk, bread etc. No more brand foods. This hurts us more than we even realize. Not only do we have to pay for it via taxes, but the cost of groceries is artificially high because a new form of currency has been introduced and our limited dollars cannot compete with “free” EBT cards. Isn’t it illegal in the U.S. to introduce a new form of currency? The government has done just that via food stamps (or SNAP, but let’s just call it what it is), section 8 vouchers, WIC etc.

I’m a Nurse Practitioner working in public health. My service is federally funded via Title X for family planning. The intent is contraception and healthier pregnancies. What I really do is clean up STDs (over and over for some people), give free well woman and problem gynecology care to illegals (at least half – and probably more- of my patients only speak spanish and don’t have an SS number), and give away free mammograms etc. Rarely, does anyone actually use the contraception we give out (they only take it because they think they have to for me to give them the multitude of antibiotics that they need for free). I can tell you so many stories, but just yesterday I removed an IUD for a woman on food stamps with multiple children already who was ready for another baby. Then I was told by an illegal that she will wait for a mammogram until we have funding for the free ones again and to make sure her husband is still on the list for a free vasectomy, all after she had breast implants in her home country six months ago. The government will tell you there is very little fraud, but any of us who work “on the front lines” can tell you that the majority is fraud and abuse. We really need to clearly explain that stay at home mom is not a job title unless there is a go to work dad to pay for it.

The only bright side for me is that I am 38 and I had worried about getting older, but that seems to work in my favor now because those under 30 (maybe 35) really are quite useless and they have very little work ethic. I even got a job offer last week after interviewing just over the phone and I am convinced it was because my age worked in my favor. I lock my phone up all day and I don’t even look at it, but I have patients who can’t look up long enough for me to ask them health questions. I have actually had patients talk on the phone while getting a pap smear. That is just distasteful.

Someone also mentioned that appearance plays a part in hiring and I think that is very true. At my age I should be able to write off my trainer, botox, laser resurfacing, etc. on my taxes as employment expenses. It is a sad commentary, but we have to work with the cards we’re dealt, I guess.

Burroughston Broch

April 6th, 2013
4:44 pm

The Federal Government’s policies are dividing us into two classes: Those who work for a living and those who vote for a living.

Rose

April 6th, 2013
5:08 pm

Seriously, we’re in our mid 60’s now. When my husband lost his job, he was 60. Could not get arrested and not for lack of trying. We at least didn’t spend everything, but we’re certainly not in the 1%. I think after about three years, he stopped actively looking, although still gets job alerts, blah blah. Has a BS in Accounting and an MBA as well. AGE DISCRIMINATION is alive and well in the US. And no, he didn’t want to go to work for Lowe’s as a cashier – why should he? He worked his ass off for 35 years and would like to use his talents. So – NOT LOOKING ANYMORE and where would he look that he hasn’t already?? But what a waste. He’s smart and a workaholic. But he’s very happy. Goes to the gym, works on the budget (ours, for once) and makes sure he doesn’t pay a dime more in taxes than he needs to. That’s his job now.

Timmy

April 6th, 2013
6:09 pm

deegee

April 6th, 2013
6:34 pm

What does it say about us as a population if people would rather sit around and get lazy collecting a government check than going out to work? You can blame the government all you want but only simple-minded people sit around the house all day doing God know what. If you go to work doing something and you do a good job then you have a chance of moving up. Stupid is as stupid does.

4yrs&stilllooking

April 6th, 2013
10:21 pm

I have not had a full time job in over 4 years, and yes I am still looking. I am a highly skilled IT professional, but I still can’t find a job. Want to know why? H1B visa holders. I KNOW this for a fact. I trained my H1B visa holder replacements (3 of them) to do my last job. The 3 of them together did less work than I did on the project we were on. The project was divided into 3 sectons of work. I was assigned one third of the work and STILL had to help them. The 3 of them together were supposed to do 1/3 of the work, they didn’t. And I did my assigned 1/3rd without overtime and met everyone of my deadlines. All 3 them were working overtime and still COULDN’T meet their deadlines. I had to take on some of their work, so that we could get the project done on time! The people that they are currently bringing in on H1B Visa’s are NOT highly trained professionals. Most of them are entry level and have to be taught to do their jobs. I would have had an easier time trying to teach a monkey how to do the same job!

As for moving, where should we go? (we are a family of 4) Atlanta is a major center for the IT field. The other places are in California, New York City, Chicago etc. I left Chicago in 1985 and I have no intention of ever moving back there. These positions are paying the same no matter what city the job is in. We’ve done the math and we simply can not afford to live in those places. We don’t live in a big, fancy house, the monthly payment for our 1200sq ft house is $500 and it will be paid off in 8 years. You can’t even rent an efficency apartment for that price in any of those cities!

I am not just sitting on my butt, waiting for a job. I have and will take short term contracts. I did a 12 week contract in Orlando, FL last year. I have a part time job, that puts gas in my car and allows me time to continue to look for a full time position. I would be willing to take an other position. Trouble is, when a prospective employer finds out what I made at my last short term contract, they won’t hire me. I’ve even had prospective employers tell me that they wouldn’t hire me, because they thought that I’d quit as soon as I got a job in the IT Field.

dr ag

April 6th, 2013
10:59 pm

Giving amnesty to 20 plus illegal aliens will make it worse for native born american people with limited job skills to get any work.

RickInGrayson

April 7th, 2013
8:58 am

The liberals have made a very big miscalculation on the impact of foreign workers on the job prospects of US citizens. All of us will pay the price of allowing foreign nationals to take jobs that US citizens SHOULD be performing!

However, those same liberals want a nanny state. A nanny state will be very, very expensive. Just wait until OBAMACARE kicks in and the immense problems are visible. Early reports are coming in of all the problems the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. Quess what, it really is not affordable! Young healthy people will be subsidizing healthcare for everyone else, yet they will be competing for jobs in a global economy where low wage countries have the advantage. On top of that, we will be providing that same healthcare to those illegal aliens who will be legalized in the new AMNESTY program. Foreign nationals who have no respect for our immigration laws. Add in the additional foreign nationals brought in by “family reunification”! Our population will swell to 350 million in another 20 years and their will be a lot of poorly educated foreign nationals and their elderly parents, uncles, and aunts.

All brought to you by the liberals who can’t see the future problems that are placing on the US economy.

deegee

April 7th, 2013
9:15 am

That’s great RickinGrayson. Our population is getting older and our birthrate is down. Who do you think is going to pay your social security and medicare? Young people have always subsidized health care for the elderly. Do you like this trend where young people are sitting around the house while their parents and grandparents are out working to pay everyone’s bills?

Wilbur

April 7th, 2013
3:41 pm

The media can cover for Obama all they want but the reality is that the economy sucks and is only getting better for the educated and easily employable. Five years of stimulus and attacks on the productive class have failed us. Misery is spreading and the dems are out of ammunition.
If there were a republican president, the media would be foaming at the mouth over the long term implications of terrible unemployment and millions leaving the job market.

RickInGrayson

April 7th, 2013
6:32 pm

deegee…Thanks for making my point! Why do we want foreign nationals on visas and illegal aliens who disregard our immigration laws competing for jobs with young US citizens?

I hope you are not saying that illegal aliens pay enough in taxes to support older US citizens. Illegal aliens are not paying a substantial amount of FEDERAL or STATE INCOME TAXES! Illegal aliens are a net drain on the US economy.

Educating the children of illegal aliens costs $10,000/year for each child. The children of illegal aliens typically do not graduate HS. Illegal aliens usually speak Spanish and the cost of translation services for the government are huge! Providing legal status to illegal aliens only institutionalizes the costs of caring for these poorly educated trespassers. With legal status and new immigrants as a result of family reunification, Social Security will be overwhelmed! Those that pay the least into SS extract the most on a proportional basis (visit the SS website).

Look at the Cassidy April 6th, 2013 11:54 am post! Illegal aliens are overwhelming our healthcare system and they DO NOT PAY!

The US as a sovereign nation can increase legal immigration if and when the US population becomes a problem and we can choose the immigrants that we want to allow into OUR country. We don’t have to be at the mercy of illegal aliens who FORCE their way into our country. This is our country, not theirs! Will they give up citizenship in their home countries? Of course not, they will take their SS dollars and move back to their home countries where the cost of living is cheaper.

Charles Douglas Edwards

April 7th, 2013
7:30 pm

We would like to encourage everyone looking for work to keep the faith !!!

Please keep your spirits UP and keep trying.

There are brighter days ahead.

DLink

April 7th, 2013
7:46 pm

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/a-spectacular-colorful-chart-of-who-works-and-who-doesnt-work-in-america-today/274725/

Seems to be kinda normal for an aging economy. That, and many people are having fewer if any children in the recent economy.

DLink

April 7th, 2013
11:27 pm

Lack of affordable appropriate healthcare will cost me my job tomorrow. Things happen, you just don’t wish them upon yourself. Good Luck America.

DLink

April 7th, 2013
11:59 pm

People want to know why?

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial/

I can type in the dark. Absolute Pitch Black, I’ve noticed, I can SEE. I recognize those who deserve to be recognized. So should you. I have to leave now.

Tom

April 8th, 2013
5:08 am

I’m in my 60s, and have been looking for a job the past 5 years. I have sent out over 200 resumes, and have had no luck. I am qualified in my field, still active, keep current with changes but it’s impossible to get past the HR department that seems to be full of young, inexperienced individuals who don’t know how to read a CV, or select a good candidate. The most recent job for which I applied was a total match for my skills and expertise but I got back a letter from the HR person stating that they had decided to go with someone whose qualifications were a close match for the position. Really!!! I guess this was code for “We don’t want your age group here!” HR departments are probably the worst development in the business world in the last 30 years. They seem unable to recognize suitable applicants. Age discrimination is illegal, remains widespread, and is difficult, almost impossible to prove. In addition, to meet EEO regulations, many companies put out ads after having made the decision whom they will employ. It’s a rotten system!

Road Scholar

April 8th, 2013
7:33 am

One better than the texting/ crackberry people:I was at a restaurant Friday night when they fired a new worker in the kitchen for drinking the alcohol used in their dishes. “Man this is great! Unlimited booze! Many of the people not hired are too stupid (I didn’t say they didn’t have an education or skills) to keep their nose clean or clean up their Facebook page and…get this….WORK! Many Americans, esp this generation, does not know what hard work is. Many have been given everything by their parents, never had a job in high school and college, and they can’t tell time (show up on time and stop working after their shift is over).

Laurie

April 8th, 2013
7:45 am

hey there Destin Dawg, my husband is on social security disability. He has LTD with his former employer, but the LTD insuruance company forced him to apply for SS because they get to claw back that amount from what they pay us in benefits… and yes, this is a permanant situation, cause his disability will never go away. Don’t be such a hater. Get some facts from people living in the situation that you speak against it.

deegee

April 8th, 2013
8:41 am

RickinGrayson, you are misinformed. Illegal immigrants are not clogging up our health care system. Old people and obese people are clogging up our health care system. Do some research outside of the FAIR website. Additionally, illegal immigrants working with fake social security numbers are paying billions in social security taxes. That money does not go into a lockbox for them. It is paid out to retirees. They are helping to keep the system afloat. Make them legal and they will be paying income taxes as well. They are not going back where they came from. We have had 6 years of oppressive state immigration laws and a record number of federal deportations. Those that wanted to go back have gone. Those that are still here are staying.

abbysenia

April 8th, 2013
8:45 am

Companies want the crème de ka crème. Praise GOD I’m working… But I’ve attempted to go in to certain fields dealing in my education (business- health care management) or certification/licensure(insurance sales and adjusting). The opportunities that pay decently (not exponentially) want 3-5yr experience. The entry level position still want 1-2yrs experience and don’t want to pay a respectable wage. I’m looking I’m single and live below my means. Because I’m marketable with experience and bilingual in Spanish, I get job offers, but the pay versus the requirements/qualification don’t justify add up. If necessary I could and would take such a job as something is better than nothing. However, others aren’t really able to navigate themselves readily or quickly able to move a lower wage job paying less than $30k/yr.