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Jobs Report Offers No Hope For Middle Class

Jobs Report Offers No Hope For Middle Class

The economic picture went from bad to worse as the pace of U.S. hiring slowed in May, with a meager 54,000 jobs added.  The slowdown comes after several months of strong job growth and guarded optimism that the U.S. economy was starting to slowly recover.

Meanwhile, McDonalds appeared to be the only bright spot for American workers, hiring 62,000 McWorkers, a number captured in the jobs report.  Without that surge in hiring for unskilled, low wage jobs, the United States would have actually lost jobs.

It is also important to keep in mind the impact of the anti-government fever ravaging state and local governments (and the conservative wing of national Republicans).  While the private sector added a total of 84,000 workers in May, local governments cut 28,000 jobs, 18,000 of those from education alone.  Government cut-backs means job losses, plain and simple.

It also means this country, at both the national and the state level, is laying the foundation for a less-educated, less-skilled workplace for the majority of its citizenry.  Add in the drastic cuts, or outright elimination of much of our social safety net and the vision of this country that emerges is nothing short of Dickensian.

There’s simply no delicate way to put this.  American workers are on the brink here.  Gas and food prices continue to rise and the housing market remains stagnant.  Workers wages are flat while productivity has increased and corporations sit on large cash reserves and keep executive pay astronomical.  Any hope that this country is the place where individuals, through hard work and persistence can transcend class barriers has long since passed.  There’s a boot on the neck of the American middle class and no-one in Washington seems much to care.


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10:14PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

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11:37AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Say this to yourself just so you can hear how dumb it sounds
" republicans will create a lot of jobs" When you say it out loud it even sounds dumber.

11:33AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Hey stupid, if you want your dumb jobs back, stop buying products made in other countries. Gez's no wonder you don't have a job. Stop blaming the President. The reason the rich are getting richer is because they have out sourced your job and stupid you keep buying their product.

5:01PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Yes I do believe it. I was there once. Had a job and home one month and a month later I was living out of my car.

12:31PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

"Anyone who votes for Obama in 2012 hasn't been paying attention to the cold hard facts.....Obama is a nightmare on our economy."

Actually, Diane OCD, the Republicans voted into Congress, Senate, and state governments has caused considerable damage with their short-sighted policies. If anyone had paid attention to the Repubilican platforms, the Republicans said they will take back the White House. Nothing was said about the common citizen getting it back. We don't even figure into their agenda, except as cannon fodder and prostitutes for their enjoyment after a long day of oppressing the people and stealing food from children. Some food for though for the ADHD-affected out there. However, without their daily dose of Ritalin, I'm sure they will conveniently blank it out anyway.

10:43AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

this needs to seriously stop, and we need to invent and create new jobs no matter what

10:03AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Nice try Patti Tray...I worked hard and am not in the top 2% etc, I do want to be but will actually take what y hard work will bring. I will not be a victim and do not expect anyone to pay for my way! You Fatalist Socialists simply want to bleed everyone until nothing is left!

8:13AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

There is a government website on how to form a cooperative. People can get together to provide themselves with food, energy, you name it. If the state or federal government isn't going to provide, and large private industry just wants to scr*w you, consider providing your own capital and technical expertise.

3:24PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Let me guess Robert B., you're Rep.-wealthy enough to buy & go whatever & wherever you want, etc.? Top 2% of the wealthy PAY NO TAXES, how did you miss that? Oops, maybe that includes you? Doesn't matter, You're Just Like The Rest Of Them--LET'S SPIT IN GOD'S FACE AND DESTROY ANYONE WHO IS NOT LIKE US!!! What Morons!

1:09PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Does anyone really believe the person in the pic is in the "middle-class". YET, another rant about class warfare instead of the real issue. The top 10% of wage earners in America pay 45% of the total tax bill (all forms)--more than any country by far! (See the tax foundation and IRS reports on tax distributions/impacts). France (ugh) pays less than 30%, etc. The root of the overseas labor problem GLENN M is that high (mostly) union wages made our goods too costly and with Toyota, BMW and others building plants here at lower costs the American business has taken it on the chin. So, YOU WANT to take more out of businesses and send it to do what?...Energize some sort of middle class--which noone ever really defines? No, to perpetuate Class Warfare which only exists in the liberal media and Fatalist Socialist's baseless assertions! Unemployment is terrible, cut business taxes (NO, NOT on MAJOR AMERICAN CORPORATIONS, OR UNPRODUCTIVE INDUSTRIES AND "STARS LIKE HOLLYWOOD) but on hard working small and medium size companies that actually generate jobs. Then, reduce mind numbing regulations, (environmental experimentation is a good starting point) and stop entitlements. Finally, how about actually educating children instead of perpetuating the government education myth in the US...teaching hard work and work ethic (a novel concept) will go a long way on improving the future of the middle class --and lower and upper classes!

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