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Forget Discouraged, 3 Million Workers Hopelessly Unemployed

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Employers may be hiring, but there's another big problem with the job market that isn't being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed.

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Friday January 4, 2013, 4:47 am
and yet another (side of the same?) big problem:

more and more people aren't hired because of their skils, but because of other 'qualities'
'qualities' like cheap-ness, submissiveness (and readiness to lick the employers boots....) and such

lee e (114)
Friday January 4, 2013, 5:03 am
Another aspect of a treacherous situation, I wonder too, if the advancement of technology is simply taking the jobs away from the employment force - robotics are doing jobs that several technicians might otherwise be doing - there isn't the demand for the larger work force there once was - this is a problem that needs attention in my opinion, There is a call for the blue collar jobs to fix the infra-structure, green jobs and development of energy alternatives, however the actual "jobs" these bring are not as plentiful as they would have us believe, we are facing a problem that sci-fi movies warned us of - the ushering in of the age of robotics - I certainly don't have the answer!

Cheryl O (82)
Friday January 4, 2013, 6:16 am
We are seeing unemployment skyrocket here where I live. (Central Illinois) Literally in the town where I live I can look out my window and see house after house after house all empty. The banks have taken homes that have sat empty some now for about 5 years. It's sad thinking that now matter what we do OUR CHILDREN will be left holding the tab. Knowing our children will pay the big price angers me and it's why I write about it so much in my blog. The CORPORATIONS HAVE HIGHJACKED the future of our children. RIGHT OR LEFT WING don't matter which side you stand on, we should all be PISSED OFF over that. Sorry for the harsh word, it just really makes me emotional. Thanks Cal.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday January 4, 2013, 6:32 am
I am one of the unemployed myself. Having been laid off when my company went bankrupt, then being hired as a contractor for the company that bought it ( doing the same work for 1/2 the pay and no benefits) and then being laid off again. It has been very depressing. Fortunately, after 6 months of being unemployed, I have qualified to join the WIA program. This is a program where the unemployment office pays for re-training. So I am desperately trying NOT to be one of the "hopelessly" unemployed. But I can certainly sympathize with them!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 6:34 am

. (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 9:43 am
It wasn't that long ago that we were reading articles about how employers wouldn't hire someone who when laid off wasn't actively seeking work unless it was in their field; or people unemployed for more than six months. Then there's all the people not counted in government surveys who just stopped looking altogether. This is an engineered situation for whatever reason and I don't think it's going to get better.

Robert O (12)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:27 pm
The scary part is where it said, " long-term unemployment can lead workers to become permanently detached from the labor force. That's not good for the economy." It may not be good for the economy, but more to the point it's tragic for people's personal and financial situations since if they become permanently detached, they will have almost no options to exercise to support themselves at all. Then what will they do? It's so scary and discouraging to read. Sure there have been a few flickers of hope and economic improvement here and there and I hope it continues and starts getting better in leaps and bounds but make no mistake, we are still in the midst of a bad economy and will stay that way for a while to come. Thanks Cal.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday January 4, 2013, 1:52 pm
I agree with Robert O.

Kathleen R (138)
Friday January 4, 2013, 2:14 pm
noted & read

Ranee Decker (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 2:17 pm
You know...I'll grant that there are many out of work or working for lower wages than they once did, but here in my neck of the woods, there are PLENTY of jobs to be had. Even those paying $15-$20 an hour. I have a hard time reconciling this with so many who say they simply cannot find work--especially when they are part of an intact, nuclear family where both are healthy enough to work.

. (0)
Friday January 4, 2013, 3:23 pm
In America I see our two main concerns concerning unemployment is outsourcing, and downsizing. The US Post Office, and the auto industry are two examples of this - you can also include automation as a factor.
America is different than the unemployment issues in many European countries. They have an unemployment problem with the other end of the spectrum. Teenagers, collage grads, cannot find employment in most of the countries in Europe. This is the SECOND lost generation. Suicide for people between 18-25 has been the number one cause of death in Denmark and the Netherlands. In England, alcoholism has become a national tragedy for those under 30.
How many years can one lead an aimless life without it effecting your mental well being?

William Ford (1)
Friday January 4, 2013, 4:44 pm
Well? I'm one of them!

Russie C (4)
Friday January 4, 2013, 7:31 pm
I have been unemployed for 5 years now and I am still looking for work, how they say people give up looking for a job, what a cop out, they just dont want to admit the unemployment rate hasnt dropped at all, they just stop counting some of us, what a bunch of crap.

reft h (66)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 1:48 am
There is something wrong in our society.The following article from CBS News makes me wonder what the hell is really going on. Jobs apparently going begging while so many people unemployed? Why aren't companies training people on the job? Companies used to do that all the time, why not now? In Canada a mining company brought in 300 workers from China despite people willing to do the work... the company said there weren't enough qualified people here so they had to hire them in China. I think something stinks... and it isn't the cheese.....

"Every month since January 2009, more than 20 million Americans have been either out of work or underemployed. Yet despite that staggering number, there are more than three million job openings in the U.S. Just in manufacturing, there are as many as 500,000 jobs that aren't being filled because employers say they can't find qualified workers.

It's called "the skills gap." How could that be, we wondered, at a time like this with so many people out of work? No place is the question more pressing than in Nevada. The state with the highest unemployment rate in the country. A place where there are jobs waiting to be filled."

Cheryl O (82)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:33 am
The fallout is far and wide. The numbers we are provided with though main stream media and such are wayyyyyy off. The world will falter because greed, power, and money have become the only thing people care about. Learning from our history, which is so important, dark days are coming for all of us. Those people who are employed and their life has yet to be touched from the crunch, it WILL COME. Just because so and so has a job they think they are safe, NO, we will all pay the tab on this economic fallout. Meanwhile wall street is STILL BANKING BUSINESS and Billions. Now that everyone is starting to see the things I have written about for years, it's becoming very real and very scary. It's one thing to read and be educated about the reality of what's to come, it's a whole other experience to see it now happening.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:43 am
noted thanks

Winnie Adams (179)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:30 pm
Noted with sadness.

Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:23 am
I have seen one other side of the coin, where some people only want to do the jobs they are used to doing. When one is experiencing adverse financial conditions one has to be willing to get one's hands dirty in maybe several different occupations, until eventually a job in one's chosen occupation is encountered.


David Menard (43)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:45 am
Been looking over a yr can't find jack. I don't give a rats ass what the economists say.It was a depression not a recession and it isn't over yet by a long shot.I laugh a when I hear crap like the economy added 100,00 jobs yeah well in a country of well over 300.000,000 that's little more than pissing in the wind.

Sara T (3)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:50 pm
I'm quite aware that these people have not been counted in the unemployment figures that are released by the government. It's so sad. I'm permanently disabled at 55 years old, but I know, were I able to work, that I could not find a job in this economy with so much time off.May God be with these people.

Lin Penrose (92)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:51 pm
Thanks Cal. The Invisible Elephant in the room math and a big part of many Problems. We simply do not want to admit there are too many takers (humans) for too few survival resources (jobs, other essentials). Our personal observational abilities are severely handicapped by our perceptions. Solutions to the Problems are there, but are we, as a species, strong enough to use them? Time and the situations will sort all of them out. Enforced by factors of limitations. I'm one of the hopelessly unemployed also, and aware of the mental and physical drainage in productivity.

Phil Hanson (21)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:56 pm
And yet no one sees a problem with population growth? Well, okay then, just hunker down, because the problem's gonna get a lot worse. You can't shrink the surplus labor pool if you keep adding to it.

Angelus S (120)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:05 pm
I saw the job market turn downward shortly after NAFTAwas passed and found it almost impossible to get a hi tech job after 1998 and so gave up

Kara C (15)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:48 pm
At least I'm not the only one, 3 years and hundreds of applications without a single interview. Every few months I change my resume then apply to a bunch knowing that I won't get a single call back, then spend the next few days crying and staring blankly at a wall. I'm 20 have some experience and have accepted that I will never get a real job. Will be homeless when my boyfriend decides hes sick of me being a bum and kicks me out.

Such is life i guess.

Pamela C (75)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:33 am
I take surveys and there is usually an employment question. One of the options which has just appeared in the last year is "Unemployed and not looking for work". I think it says a lot about our economy.

Deborah W (6)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:30 am
When "that's just the way it is" and "the new norm" are accepted, we're finished. Follow the records of those you've voted in, see their leanings and, if you don't agree, vote them out next time the opportunity arises.

No personal involvement until the last hour, research, awareness, responsibility for one's actions/choices and LONG-TERM effects have more than aided the people-product seen today. Sad, we're better than that ... or at least like to think so.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:55 am
Believe me none of your friends who are emloyed or don't need a job understand. They call reality negativity. I still look for work no matter what but where is it?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 10:20 am
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