The long, grim struggle for the long-term unemployed

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hopeandchange3 As of August 2014  three million Americans had been unemployed for more than six months. Over two million have been unemployed for more than a year.
The only incremental improvement: the percentage of those out of work and looking for the past six months or more has declined, from 46% of the total unemployed in 2010, to 33 percent now.  In California (excepting the Bay Area’s bubble economy) the percentage is closer to 40 percent.

The plight of the long term unemployed —  highest in the 45-59 age group  – remains “among the most persistent, negative effects of the Great Recession.” In percentage terms, it’s still the highest since the Great Depression, says the John J Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in a report published today.
The long-lasting trend indicates ”that the ranks of the long-term unemployed may remain high for months or years even if the economy continues to improve,” says the report based on a survey of 852 employed and unemployed workers between July 21 and August 3.

Close to half of those who have found jobs are being paid less, working part-time, or otherwise experiencing “a step down” from their job 5 years ago.
Their living standards, and feelings about the present and the future, are very much in line with earlier findings on the mood of American workers.
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0 responses to “The long, grim struggle for the long-term unemployed

  1. I can only image what this does to men alone trying to find jobs to support their families or even young men wanting to work. I look cautiously at my oldest son (15) and wonder what issues he may face. He already wants to look for work. I carefully weigh out my words as tell him as my father told me…. there will always be a time for work…but I honestly wonder now it has been some years that my father has past, what would he say to all of this?
    But then again, he had always made his own way.

  2. An excellent article, DCG, to which I’ll share this from my life.
    I am 71, started my self-employment w/my first gardening business in the Oakland-East Bay area of California in 1963, age 19.5 yrs, and now in business for 51 years. Having lived through four recessions during that time, this is the very worst it has ever been. Everything that my father [b. 1905] taught me about his life in the Great Depression applies to today, as we live through what Doug Casey calls the “Greater Depression”.
    When I read above that “The only incremental improvement: the percentage of those out of work and looking for the past six months or more has declined, from 46% of the total unemployed in 2010, to 33 percent now,” I immediately knew it was wrong. That’s because the stats lie: the situation is so bad that the feral gubbmint’s Bureau of Lies –oops, I meant Statistics!– no longer records those still seeking employment after one year. They’ve ‘disappeared,’ never to be seen on these grim pages again.
    My savings are gone, my once-prosperous investments have withered away; as do tens of millions more, I live from pay cheque to pay cheque, plus my modest pensions from both Kanada & the USSA. Adding to these limitations is that my small business was ravaged by two men who swindled me out of more than C$ 32,000, so my once great credit history hangs in tatters.
    But this is not an anomaly: in desperate times there is a certain number of people who become evermore willing to lie, cheat, and steal, to do whatever it takes to thrive. They are universally known as politicos, savage predators who — though they already have more than enough of everything, plus privileges that 90% of We, the People, can only dream of or imagine — dig ever deeper into our pockets, mattresses, and savings.

    • “The only incremental improvement: the percentage of those out of work and looking for the past six months or more has declined…That’s because the stats lie” Then there are those who are not even counted amongst the stats – like me. I’ve been unemployed (full-time work) since 2012 and moved to another state. My unemployment/underemployment isn’t counted in any state. How many others are out there like me?

      • Yes, you’re correct, and far from alone: there are a LOT of us, in both Kanada and the USSA. “Facts are difficult things,” remarks a Dickens character, that’s why ALL gubbmints lie, so they can look good for the daily dog & pony shows they put on us.
        The same tricks are played here; it’s a safe bet that the REAL rate of unemployment in year ’round 40 hr week positions is likely 2X what is claimed. The only reason that we don’t see more desperate people in the streets are the minimum welfare & food stamp programs now in place.
        I say they are ‘minimum’ because the MAXIMUM welfare goes to the top 1% as We, the Sheople, allow them to fleece us via taxes and predatory banking. The PoS’s largest presidential single funder was Goldman Sachs, so why is anyone surprised by how he behaves today? As Eo points out, only ‘useful idiots’ can be surprised at this very late point in his grotesque career.

  3. Little did all the millions of Useful Idiots who voted for the POS know the real meaning of his “Hope and Change” snake oil. An example:
    Former Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan who really should have known better, was all gaga about the POS in 2008. After his first term, Noonan was no longer gaga. The latest is her op/ed for the Wall St. Journal, “The Unwisdom of Barack Obama.”
    Too late, Noonan. I hold you, among many other so-called “opinion leaders” (David Brooks is another example), directly responsible for the dire straits in which the long-term unemployed find themselves. If there is any justice in this world, you, Brooks, and your ilk would be jobless as well.


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