Working American....

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Jobs in America....

  1. I'm still looking for a job (please explain in comment sections how long you've been unemployed)

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. My neighbor(s) is still unemployed

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  3. I know at least 5 unemployed people

    4 vote(s)
    44.4%
  4. I know at least 10 unemployed people

    2 vote(s)
    22.2%
  5. I know more than 20 unemployed epople

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  6. I know at least five people who gave up looking for a job.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. I know at least ten people who gave up looking for a job.

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  8. I know at least twenty people who gave up looking for a job.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. I have quit trying to find full time employment

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. I know as many people with jobs as I know WITHOUT jobs

    2 vote(s)
    22.2%
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  1. righteousdude2

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    Including you, how many people do you know that are no longer working?
     
  2. SolaSaint

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    My Brother-in-law, and in church we hear a lot of prayers for people looking for jobs. More than usual. But the Private sector is just fine, isn't it?

    :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  3. righteousdude2

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    Yep er!

    ....that's what I keep hearing from the DC spuin doctors :smilewinkgrin::tongue3::laugh:
     
  4. HAMel

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    When a politician's mouth is moving he's lying. Aren't they all lawyers?
     
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    Funny thing is, in the Army the economy is used as a "scare tactic" to get people to re-enlist. "There's no jobs, so you might as well stay in."

    On another note, I didn't vote in the poll, as there is no option for "I have a job and anyone I know who wants a job has one." Edited to add that only one person voted in the poll.

    I am of the opinion that unemplyment numbers are skewed. Before I joined the military, if I needed more money, I got a fast food job. At one point I was working a full time job at a "real" job, and 2 part-time fast food jobs. There is income to be had imo; just America doesn't want to work low paying jobs. They'd rather mooch off others.

    Disclaimer: Obviously there are people who can't work because they are disabled in some way. My thoughts are aimed at those that can work, but won't settle for an entry level job.
     
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  6. freeatlast

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    I agree with Woody. While there is still a lot of people not working many of them are not working because of choice. I would guess that 50% of them are in that boat and most likely it is closer to 75% to 80%. As long as people can draw long term un-employment there is little incentive to take the lower paying jobs or jobs that are not to their liking.
    I know for a fact that the oilfields are crying for people, but they have a strict rule on drug testing and many fail the tests. Plus it is long hours, dirty, hard work, and usually away from home for weeks. Also there are many low paying jobs that the illegals fill and the US citizen will not touch so in many, if not most cases, it is a choice not to work.
     
  7. InTheLight

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    I didn't answer the poll. The poll is slanted to assume everyone knows someone that is unemployed. I am employed and I don't know anyone that is unemployed. The person that answered "I know as many people with jobs as without jobs", well I'd like to know how many people they know!
     
  8. Ed B

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    Same for me. I do not know anyone directly who is unemployed for any reason other than choice. Some are doing as Woody did before he enlisted, working multiple low paying jobs, but they all have jobs.
     
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    Since the time I was 18, I've never NOT had a job except for one year while I went to college full time (and goofed off most of that time). I've often worked two or three jobs at a time. Never turned down a job offer when I needed one- I've cleaned toilets, swept and mopped floors, cleaned ditches, mowed lawns, loaded and unloaded trucks by hand, washed semi trucks, and served in a restaurant.

    All that was preparation for being a pastor and missionary.

    Many people today want to be president of the company right out of college, with no understanding of what it takes to get there in the first place. That's part of the problem with our current CIC.
     
  10. HeDied4U

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    I've been unemployed since the end of January. I was employed in the hospitality industry, so I searched for a new job in that field first. When that didn't pan out, I started applying to pretty much to any place that said they were hiring, including fast food joints and pizza places. I've had plenty of interviews, but no job yet.

    I have no proof of what I'm about to say, but I think my previous job is trying to screw me over when they are called for information about me. When I was first let go and applied for unemployment, my claim was denied. My previous employer said I was discharged for misconduct because I missed too many days due to having difficulty controlling my diabetes. I appealed the decision and my previous employer and I had to go before an arbitrator to have the case settled one way or the other. The arbitrator ruled in my favor and I could tell by the look on the HR director's face, she was not a happy camper. She couldn't believe that I "beat her" ( was told that by a friend I still have there). Like I said, I have no concrete proof, but that's what I believe.

    Anyway, I'm trying to keep upbeat about the whole thing and I know that when the timing is right, God will answer my prayers and lead me to where He wants me to be employed.
     
  11. matt wade

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    I agree./.I don't know anyone that is unemployed either.
     
  12. Jon-Marc

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    The only unemployed people I personally know are retired--including myself. I worked for Uncle Sam for 35 years--Air Force and VA Medical Center. Even then I retired earlier than I wanted to due to very painful arthritis--16 days short of being 57.
     
  13. righteousdude2

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    This is for you, and any others with disabilities....

    ....if you are fired, laid-off, or suddenly left out in the cold without your job, and have solid evidence that you are not working there due to an on-the-job-injury, or pre-existing illness and disability, you need to file a complaint with your local federal EEOAC office. They will review the information you provide; interview the employer; and if they find you have been a victim of discrimination, you will be issued a Right-to-Sue letter to take to an attorney of your choice, and have your case adjudicated for damages, and quite possibly force your employer to hire you back.

    There is no cost to you for any of this, even the attorney [unless you win, and it's 33% plus costs].

    I never understood the "get your job back" thing, as I know I'd not want to return to an employer who discriminated against me and lost in an EEOAC law suit. Life on the job would be quite stressful to say the least.

    Still, disabled folks have a right to a thing called Reasonable Accommodations, and it sounds, from what I read, that they never made that available to you. If this is so, and you were, in fact, fired for your disability interfering with your ability to work, you may have a strong case in which you can seek financial retribution.
     
  14. Carolina Baptist

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    I know very few people who are unemployed, but I know many people who are in a “less desirable” job.
     
  15. ktn4eg

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    Is being retired considered as being unemployed? If so, then as of today (6/18) I've been unemployed for one year.
     

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