Friday, September 2, 2011

Unemployment Stays At 9.1%

I woke up and read the headline of the NY Times article, Job Growth at Halt in August; Worst Showing in 11 Months, and being a person in that percentage, it's a bit disconcerting.

"The flat performance in the job market was down sharply from a revised 85,000 gain of jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, and was far below a consensus forecast by economists of 60,000. The unemployment rate stayed constant at 9.1 percent in August....There seems to be a consensus among economists that the United States will skirt a double-dip recession but that growth will linger at levels barely perceptible, much less comforting, to Americans without jobs.“We’ve got at least another 12 months of difficulty to go through,” said Steven Ricchiuto, United States economist for Mizuho Securities USA. “I know that doesn’t help politicians who are worried about the elections.

Why should anything help the politicians?  I could care less what helps them; the politicians are supposed to be the voice of the people and act in our behalf.  But why should the politicians really worry, it's all a game of who can buy who.  I'm sick of the extremist Christians stronghold on the Republican party, and lack of enthusiasm from either parties when it comes to actually making things happen.  We can all talk about change for days, weeks, months on end, and while talking is vital to have clear communication about intentions and motives, it's action that actually creates change. 

"But several economists said that given the fragility of the recovery, the payroll tax cut and extended unemployment benefits, both set to expire at the end of the year, should be renewed."  

Yes, please renew unemployment benefits.  For the most anyone can get weekly collecting is $400, what would be considered just enough to get by in most places, and I collect under half of that a week.  By no means is any of this money needed toward anything.  As a working person who doesn't work at the moment, I paid into this system so if something like this were to happen, I could collect benefits.  In light of the times, how can they revoke assistance?  If people are looking for jobs, but jobs aren't available, or people are being discriminated against, ie people are putting stipulations that you are still employed looking for work or that you have only been out of work a short period of time, then what are people left to do?  If extensions aren't given, it's only increasing the population of people who will take to the streets with signs, not because they want to, but because desperate times call for desperate measures.  Is this how we take care of our own?  One big reason why I have decided going back to school to learn something that I can find work in, I know I'm capable and I want to be a productive member of society; part of the solution to making this the kind of world I want to live in: compassionate, tolerant, loving.  On that note, one week until I take the GRE's.

Are you working?  Are you out of work?  Have you collected or are you collecting benefits?  Are you in grad school?  Why did you decide to continue your education or go back to school?  Comment below or email me

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