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4 Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce


Business  (tags: labor, politics, society, usa, business, economy )

Cal
- 502 days ago - npr.org
The unemployment rate only includes people who don't have jobs and are looking for work. A much larger swath of people -- about 36 percent of U.S. adults -- don't have jobs and aren't looking for work at all.



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Sheila D. (26)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:03 am
Party issues, political problem, personal responsibility; it all comes down to the fact that we are in a depression with the rich getting richer and not caring one whit about those with less. We are all responsible, however little we did or didn't do, and we are all paying the price. Thanks for the article, Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:55 am
sounds a bit like UK too Must be a worldwide trend
 

Debbie Williamson (275)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:11 pm
Some are working for themselves for cash.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Friday August 2, 2013, 1:34 pm
same story in Europe and down Under !
 

Debbie S. (32)
Friday August 2, 2013, 3:58 pm
The economy is still bad and it will most likely get worse since the politicians aren't doing anything about it to address the problem. Remember what Ross Perot said about NAFTA, if you sign this in to law the next thing you will hear is a big sucking sound of all the jobs leaving this country' and that is exactly what happened. As long as they don't fix the problem and people here keep buying cheap crap with inferior quality not to mention unsafe products from China the problem won't go away. Be American Buy American! There aren't enough good jobs here anymore. I really can't figure out why people keep supporting companies who make their products overseas and then want to sell it to them... crazy.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:41 pm
GOP/TP is too busy banning abortions, and getting Big Oil set up for fracking and drilling on Public lands, or giving Monsanto protection, taking away voting rights, starting wars, helping to outsource...etc, to be concerned whether or not people have work. They've created this recession and now they turn their backs on We, the People.

Meanwhile all we can afford are the cheap goods from India, Phillipines, and China, where goods are produced by child labor. I do remember Perot - he had some good ideas...some.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:26 pm
Perot was libertarian in personal philosophy, but EDS was failing until he used his political connections to get government contracts. Another hypocrite.* I will say the "Running with the Squirrels" and "Herding Cats" ads were righteous.

*Learned that on a history program on public radio today. Sorry, I didn't get all the details, I was driving, but I thought it was ironic that the narrator called this "ironic" when what it was was hypocritical.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:59 pm
So, I guess today marks 40 times the House GOP has voted to repeal ACA. They are seemingly stuck in time. Prior to the election, it was all about "where are the JOBS?" Now, it's all about attacking women, the poor, racial inequality, attacking voting rights and just cuddling up with corporations. During the month of Aug, congress members will be back home attending town halls; and I hope the questions asked by constituents are: Where are the jobs? Why didn't you raise the minimum wage? Why are we continuing to excessively fund the military, drones, and weapons? Why are we continuing to subsidize dirty energy?
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:40 pm
There are a few other reasons why people leave the workforce:

They become disabled enough that living on disability-benefits is preferable to working.

They fall into welfare traps, where they can find work, but if they take the jobs then they would lose so many welfare-benefits that their effective income would drop. Welfare-traps are a serious problem. We need a properly structured system where benefits are reduced smoothly so there are no thresholds beyond which people refuse to work more as they increase hours even at minimum-wage jobs.

They never enter the workforce. A lot of students graduate today without the skills necessary to hold down a job.

We can et some real numbers on the causes for leaving the labour-force and see how much is accounted for by whichever causes. For example, to get the rate at which people simply choose a one-earner household, consider that it is almost invariably wives who stay home. This:
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SL.TLF.CACT.FM.ZS
says that the gender-ratio in the U.S. workforce is about 0.82 women per man, suggesting that this cause accounts for about a quarter of the 36.6% non-participation rate.
It's late and I don't want to go through all of it, but if you look at the age-distribution and total numbers of students, you'll find that the good causes for non-participation account for a large part of it, but certainly not all. A substantial chunk either cannot find work, or just cannot find work that pays better than the benefits they would lose sufficiently to justify the stresses and expenses of holding a job.
 

Robert Hardy (68)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:30 pm
The trouble with numbers is that they seldom reflect reality.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:50 am
It's a matter of choice
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:24 am
Thank you Cal
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Alexandra Rodda (177)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:44 am
I meet young people who really cannot imagine how they could do a full time job. Maybe everyone should do part time work so that there whould be work enough for everyone.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:31 pm
Try finding products that are made in North America at reasonable prices.
 

KAREN SickAgain G. (226)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 8:13 am
noted
 
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