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A job is becoming a dim memory for many unemployed Americans

Published: Thu, October 6, 2011 @ 8:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more Americans, being out of work has become a semi-permanent condition.

Nearly one-third of the unemployed — nearly 4.5 million people — have had no job for a year or more. That's a record high. Many are older workers who have found it especially hard to find jobs.

And economists say their prospects won't brighten much even after the economy starts to strengthen and hiring picks up. Even if they can find a job, it will likely pay far less than their old ones did.

The outlook is unlikely to improve on Friday, when the government issues its monthly jobs report. Economists predict it will show that employers added a net 56,000 jobs in September.

That's far fewer than needed to reduce unemployment. The unemployment rate is expected to remain 9.1 percent for a third straight month.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke last week called long-term unemployment a "national crisis" and said it should be one of Congress' top priorities.


1piak(508 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

If the Big O stays in office much longer, jobs won't be a memory....they'll be a legend.

Most people work for small businesses. But those businesses are beset by OSHA and other federal regulators. Taxes are a big problem for them, enough that they have to figure it close to consider hiring another employee.

And there's those who have the money, but are not eager to invest it in work or in stocks because of all the uncertainty caused by The Big O. Tax them out of their money? They'll see it as confiscation. Litigation, tied up in court sound like the route that legislation will travel.

Some people complain about the Big O always campaigning. Maybe that's a good thing. At least when he's giving his speeches to audiences in Blue states, he's not hatching up more ideas that will scuttle the economy further.

Maybe this is his plan. We'll all become socialists, fully initiated in this idea, so we'll all stay home and collect our various checks. The money will come from taxes. And the taxes will be paid by the rich. And after the rich are plucked clean then by the...government officials who have all the money by now? Naw...that won't happen.

Will it?

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2georgejeanie(1192 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Come on. get off your dead rear end. and take a job that does not pay as much as you were making before. I bet you would feel better emotionally,and probably make you try harder to get a better job, What is the incentive when you have the messiah to extend unemployment benefits for years. It makes you lazy, just waiting around for that government check, just another form of welfare.

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3MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Come on People it's Youngstown ! there will never be jobs here .If you are young - have an education or skill- you must get out of this place...Youngstown nose dived into a pile of Detroit- years ago - the damage is done.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Good jobs are available, but you gotta get out of the Mahoning Valley Hole to find them.

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5Klink(36 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

We are in year 30 of the supply side economic model. It was a change from the prior economic model started during the FDR era. The theory of trickle down has failed America more than anything during this era. Until we get a dynamic leader that sends the country into a new direction we will be stuck with this. During the 30 year period of the supply side trickle down economy the country has been trickled down upon but it hasn’t been jobs. FDR based the economy on a strong middle class that sustained the country. Supply side basis the economy upon giving all that it can to the rich with the hope that they trickle jobs down. Based on the long term results, this has obviously failed America but as of yet we do not a dynamic leader that can change this.

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6georgejeanie(1192 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

FDR actually did very little, WW11 Actually ended the depression. When we started to supply the Allies with materiel is when things started to turn around. Ill agree that the CCC and WPA were actually needed programs, but the people were actually expected to work, not sit and wait for a monthly check. Tell me these freeloaders would not be better off picking up litter building something for the common good, we do not need anymore stimulus without working for your sustenance

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7DwightK(1458 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Dodge's list up above is complete nonsense. It's one of those ridiculous emails that people pass around without doing any research of their own. It took me one minute on Google to debunk it on both Snopes and Politifact.

For instance:

Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services. Pants on Fire! Section 152 includes a generic nondiscrimination clause, which says insurers may not discriminate with regard to "personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services." It says nothing about "non-US citizens" or immigrants, legal or otherwise. In fact, the legislation specifically states that undocumented aliens will not be eligible for credits to help them buy health insurance, in Section 246 on page 143.

Get that weak stuff out of the debate.

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