Unemployment is high- really???

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  1. Mexdeaf

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    Today one of the local TV stations held an all-day job fair- tonight they spent 15 minutes or so crowing about how much good they were doing-

    while the camera panned across a room almost completely empty of anyone except employers looking for employees.

    The emperor has no clothes... :(
     
  2. KenH

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    U.S. employers slash 742,000 jobs in March

    Reporting from Washington -- U.S. companies shed 742,000 jobs in March, payroll services company ADP said Wednesday, far more than forecasters had been expecting.

    While there have been signs lately that the deterioration in the economy might be slowing, the ADP report was the latest reminder that the nation remains mired in a deep and stubborn recession. The company reported more job losses for March than it had for any other month since it began tracking them in 2001.

    - more at www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-economy2-2009apr02,1,1278515.story
     
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  3. Magnetic Poles

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    Do you live in some parallel universe? Read the figures on how states are depleting unemployment insurance. Read about the massive layoffs. Seriously, what is your point?
     
  4. KenH

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    Reminds me of a storyline in the 1960s Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" where Barnabas Collins and Julia Hoffman ended up in a parallel universe. They escaped from it just in time. :)
     
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    Haha...I hadn't though about Dark Shadows for a long time. My sisters loved that show.
     
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    I took a guy to KFC yesterday since I had seen they were interviewing for part time help between 2 and 5. We got there about 1:30 and people were already lined up outside the door. He wasn't interviewed until about 7:30 last night and by that time they had extra managers come in to conduct simultaneous recorded interviews. There was a good number of applicants to be interviewed at 8:00 when we left.

    All of this for 2 part time jobs at KFC. One cook and one cashier.
     
  7. TC

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    Are you really sure those companies were hiring? We just had a local job fair. Only two out of all the companies there were actually hiring. The amount of job openings were way, way , way, way less than the 500 people that showed up looking for work. The rest of the companies there said they were there for informational purposes only. :tonofbricks:
     
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    I am curious as to the unemployment rate of college graduates as compared to non-college graduates.

    Or the rate of unemployment for highschool drop outs.

    Detroit has a drop out rate of almost 75%.

    My guess is that highschool drop outs have trouble finding and keeping employment for all of their lives regardless of the state of the economy.
     
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    Around here Boeing is laying off another thousand. Many places are "giving" people two weeks unpaid vacation or putting them on a three off, four on shift, both a 20% cut in pay.
     
  10. LeBuick

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    One thing to consider with college grads are the underemployed. How many are using their degree.
     
  11. puros_bran

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    If you want a lead on the Employment market, talk to a trucker.....

    My freight, and everybody that will still discuss it is down. Its slower than I've ever seen it. This time last year I could quit right now and be driving for several thousand companys tommorow.. Sadly that's not the case now.. I will have 1100 miles for the week when I get home. Less than half of what I was running last year, about a third of what I ran the year before. "So what" you may be thinking. Think about it. If I don't haul it, you aren't makeing it. If I don't haul it, you aren't buying it. I depend on your job, you depend on mine.
    Everything in your home was at one point on a truck. (Don't try the garden argument, the seed didn't just magically appear).. If a trucker isn't working, you aren't producing and consuming.
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    And a gripe:replacing 300 $21hr jobs with 300 $7hr jobs is not a "non-impact on our community" as Louisville's Mayor stated... The OP is correct in that sense, the numbers don't tell the whole story.
     
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  12. Martin Luther

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    The economy will not recover from this.
     
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    Utica, NY is just over the hill from here and the only real city in a 50 mile radius. As you drive into the city you can see empty factories and boarded up storefronts for block after block. Manufacturing is almost non-existent. The majority of jobs are minimum wage positions with no benefits. Unemployment is between seven and eight percent. The hard part is that this is not new to Utica. It has been this way since the 1970s and nothing has changed. Ironically, the current economic downturn has shown little affect. We were already there.

    Forbes magazine ranked the Utica area 191 out of 200 for businesses and careers. Here an article from our local paper. We have two industries left: jails and hospitals.

    To the rest of the country: Welcome to our world!
     
  14. LeBuick

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    We'll keep you in prayer Brother but if you don't mind me saying it, you can keep your world... Somethings are not good to share with others ya know. :laugh::thumbsup:
     
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    Noted: The "compassion"?


    LeBuick.... you should be ashamed to mock the difficulties of others with the laughing icon after proposing prayer. How condescending!

    Have you had a check up recently? I'm concerned that you may have heart trouble.
     
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    I didn't see the reply as mocking nor condescending. Your response to LeBuick reminds me of a conversation I had with a church member a few years ago. The woman had the flu, trots or some sort of contagious illness. She calls me on the phone and asks, "Are you coming to visit?" At that point I did not know she had been doctoring let alone that she had something catchy. After gathering all the pertinent information I informed her that I would pray for her over the phone and would come see her when she was no longer "Catchy". (I think she goes to the Episcopal church now...)

    The point is she had something I didn't want. I wouldn't wish our local economy on anyone. I haven't read the article from Forbes magazine cited by our local paper but there are 9 cities in worse shape than ours. I believe Detroit is one of them.

    I hear ya! :godisgood:
     
  17. windcatcher

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    Well, I think it is admirable that you're able to take the higher road in viewing the comment.

    Personally, I think the body of Christ was meant to bear each others burdens.... and that means prayer... and any helps or support possible: If one is contagious and another concerned that they might catch the bug... fine.... I can understand keeping a certain distance: It still doesn't prevent one from bagging a few groceries or delievering a meal to a household. One of the greatest helps people can be to others is in listening when they have need to pour out their troubles.

    Now, if you were the type of person to wallow in misery and carry it everywhere you go... I might understand not commenting or offering any notice.... but to laugh without finding some point of empathy which may include humor, is, like, invalidating the speakers' own concerns and mocking either him or what he says or both.

    But.....like I said ......seems you've got the high ground and I encourage you to keep it.
     
  18. Bob Alkire

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    I agree it is slow, but not as bad as the Carter years, to me. I'm down from 36 to 38 hundred miles a week to about 29 to 31 hundred per week from last year. Where in the pre Reagan years it was about 15 to 18 hundred or less you were hauling meat or produce. Big difference is I don't haul much from plants but from ports.

    I'm sure you are correct to a point, I don't know about thousand, but many. I keep getting letters from PTL and Hartland wanting drivers, but at my age I don't care to be away from home more than one or two nights at a time.

    There are many more parking places in truck stops as I drive by, so that tells you things are down, too.
     
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