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Sometimes Numbers Don’t Tell The Full Story
I just came across news that jobless claims have decreased sharply and the stock market is soaring http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/29/8033810-jobless-claims-tumble-in-latest-week?GT1=43001 but so what?
I always thinks to myself well jobless claims are going down because almost everybody is out of work so how can they possibly go up. You can claim that you’re unemployed twice I don’t believe and I find it very misleading to pose these numbers as signs of improvement and hope. It’s one thing if unemployment claims were going down because Employment rates were going up but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I don’t get excited about articles and numbers like these because I know they don’t tell the truth and nothing but the truth. People I know are still out of work or Under Employed and that’s more of the reality of where we are now.
Nobody is Safe
After talking to a female colleague recently, it finally hit me that nobody is safe from this economy and job market. She told me her story of how she was out of work and on unemployment for three years before landing her current job. She worked for nearly 10 years at the company that laid her off. She also mentioned that her current job is the lowest paying full-time job she’s ever had and her total monthly income is slightly over $100 more than her unemployment. I was amazed by her comments but not shocked because many people are going through this now but it doesn’t make it easier to listen to or read about. If you add the fact that she has a family (husband and 3 kids) it really makes you wonder, How long is the new unemployment timeframe. it used to be 6-9 months, then 12-15, but three years…WOW.
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Caption: Carla couldn’t find work in the legal profession, so she’s dancing in a topless bar now.
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